By Dave Morrison
BLUEFIELD – Carson Deeb has quietly put together one of the top seasons in the area.
The Bluefield junior quarterback, in his first year as a starter, has completed 109 of 169 passes for 1,816 yards and 21 touchdowns. Deeb, also an outstanding baseball player at the school, has a complete stat package, including completing 64.5 percent of his passes and throwing a touchdown every eight attempts.
But perhaps the greatest statistic is the fact he has thrown just two interceptions.
Of course, Bluefield quarterbacks have made a habit of not turning the ball over.
Chandler Cooper, who started 28 games in two seasons, threw just two interceptions en route to the 2017 state championship and last year, in a runner-up season, he threw just four.
That’s eight interceptions in three seasons.
Deeb had to beat out a pair of transfers in Ryker Brown from James Monroe and Jamir Blevins from Tazewell, Va. Blevins has since transferred to Graham, Va.
Once he won the job Deeb has not slowed down.
He has thrown for over 200 yards in five games, and in one of those, a win over Richlands, Va., he topped 300 (303). He has thrown a touchdown pass in each game for 8-1 Bluefield, who will host Woodrow Wilson in the regular season finale Friday.
He threw a season-high four touchdown passes in a win over PikeView.
Deeb has also made good use of his bevy of outstanding receivers. He has four receivers with over 20 receptions, two with over 400 yards and two with over 300 and yet another with over 200. Five have at least two TD receptions.
Keep in mind another top receiver Isaiah Johnson, a major Division I recruit, was injured in the opener and is out for the season.
Juwuan Green leads the way with 24 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns and Jaheim House has 22 for 417 and a team-best seven touchdown receptions. Jacorian Green has a team-best 27 catches for 363 yards and four touchdowns, Brandon Wiley has 21 for 316 yards and four touchdowns nad running back J.J. Davis, a breakaway threat, has seven catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns.
Photo courtesy of Sherry Brown