Few backups anywhere in the state have it as good as Lakeview sophomore Kolby Blaser.
Through two weeks, the sophomore has been on the field for only a handful of the Vikings' offensive snaps. But that handful has produced four touchdowns, 200 yards passing and a perfect 10 for 10 completion rate on passing attempts.
But that's where Blaser will correct you. Whoever keeps the statistics hasn't produced totally accurate figures.
"That's not 100 percent true. The first game, I think there were a couple of incomplete passes. I don't know where the 10 for 10 came from," Blaser said. "But, I'm happy with that."
Whether the statistics say Blaser has been perfect or not, it's sure been a lot of fun.
Week 1 at Fillmore Central, he completed four passes for 77 yards and two scores - the longest a 28-yard catch. His scoring strikes included a 13-yard pass to Adam Van Cleave and a 20-yard touchdown to Mason Klug.
In Week 2, he hit receivers six times for 123 yards, had a long of 33 and two more scores. Blaser connected with Tessendorf on a 21-yard TD pass for the final touchdown of the first quarter and a 21-0 lead.
He then found Cooper Tessendorf for 16 yards early in the second quarter and a 28-0 advantage.
While the throwing figures might not be completely accurate, the yardage totals show exactly 200 yards passing, four touchdowns and a perfect quarterback rating of 158 in both games.
"It's a blast," Blaser said about the offensive system. "We keep the defense off their toes. I think that's why we're doing so well because we're so versatile, not only at quarterback, but we have a couple different running backs who go in and move the ball."
Coaches approached him during two-a-days with the idea of serving as more than just a backup. He was inserted at different times during practice and began gaining confidence.
There were a few minor nerves when he took his first snap, but those subsided moments later.
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It helps that Blaser has been a signal-caller since youth football. It also helps when Lakeview's boatload of offensive weapons take his passes or handoffs and turn them into big gains.
"Sometimes, I'll know. Other times they want to change it up and they'll put me out there," Blaser said about anticipating when he'll be called upon. "Hopefully, I can make a good play, get the ball to some of the other kids."
Blaser doesn't call himself a natural thrower. He said it's taken years of practice, help from his dad and the Vikings front five to make him successful.
That, perhaps, has made his elevation to regular contributor a comfortable transition. Though several new names fill Lakeview's skill positions. the line has all but one holdover - a major factor in early success.
"It's been really clean. The line-up front has been doing a great job," Blaser said. "I attribute most of my success to them."
Although Blaser can't quite predict when he'll be called upon, he keeps himself engaged in the game, hovering near Lakeview play callers and taking mental reps.
He said there aren't any plays that are specifically designed for him or drawn up to take advantage of his skill set. It could be down and distance, situational or simply spur of the moment that gets Blaser on the field.
But once he trots out to the huddle, he said he lets the game come to him, and doesn't try to do too much with the limited number of snaps he's allowed.
Real success comes with the score at the end of the night, not the stats he produces in the final game report, no matter how impressive, or accurate, they may be.
"We're just happy to go in, do the right things, make the right reads, run the ball well and throw the ball well," Blaser said. "It's the win that matters."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.