5:32 PM EDT, July 19, 2012
Patrick Henry High School quarterback David Prince was a royal pain to the Hidden Valley Titans last Friday night. Prince and the Patriots thrived on big plays in a resounding season opening win.
"David played really well. He's really worked hard and learned the offense. He's getting to where he's a multiple threat and can throw and run," said Alan Fiddler, head coach for Patrick Henry.
Prince did plenty of both against the Titans, accounting for 251 yards of total offense, on touchdown passes of 55 and 47 yards as well as a 77 yard scoring run, which allowed him to show off the speed that has also made him a track standout at PH.
"We weren't on the field very long at all. We'd get on the field and score and then come right off. That's just how it went. I guess big plays will be a part of our offense this year," said Prince.
"David is very fast. That's his biggest asset that he has going for him, but I'm excited about the fact that he is really wanting to learn the offense and learn to be a better passer. He's gotten better at that, and we're working on that. If he gets in the open field, he's always a threat to score so he's got an unlimited future and hopefully he'll keep getting better every week," said Fiddler.
Prince certainly has a football pedigree. His grandfather is Sherley Stuart, who spent nine seasons, from 1986 to 1994, as the head coach at William Fleming, the Patriots' cross town rival. Football has long been a passion for both of them.
"He's my best bud. We always used to hang when I was little and go out to all the Fleming football games and stuff. Now, he comes here, and I just hang with my granddad," said Prince.