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November 12, 2013

Washignton’s Kulbeth stepping up to replace injured QB Harmon

NORMAN — Brady Kulbeth’s first response was shock.

He had just watched close friend and Washington quarterback Brock Harmon go out with a torn ACL in the middle of the biggest game of the Warriors’ season. And coaches were looking to him to fill the gaps.

Kulbeth hadn’t played quarterback in years. He knew the offense inside and out from the slot receiver position, but was considerably less experienced at running it from under center, particularly against Lindsay in a Week 10 game that amounted to a district championship.

The junior moved under center and

slowly grew more comfortable in the role as the game progressed. With Kulbeth at the helm, Washington put together four drives of nine of more plays against a stout Lions defense. After the game, he said the Warriors were playing their best football of the game in the final quarter after struggling in the first half.

“Brock is one of my good friends, and it was hard to see him go down,” Kulbeth said. “We were down at halftime. No one had the urge to get pumped up after our quarterback went down. But I got more comfortable as it went on and we were playing our best in that fourth quarter.”

The Warriors didn’t win the game. But they did find their quarterback of the future in Kulbeth.

It was an impressive first performance from an athlete who expected to play the game at receiver, and there’s little doubt it will be the last such performance Kulbeth puts on. All of which has Washington (7-3), which hosts Lexington at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, optimistic about its postseason chances even without Harmon.

No one is more enthused about Kulbeth’s potential than the former starter, who is at peace with the way his high school career ended.

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