Edgewater’s Chase Carter and Lake Brantley’s Braxton Woodson aren’t exactly getting college recruiters knocking on their doors. However, that’s fine for two quarterbacks.

They’re not worried about college recruiters. They are more concerned with leading their teams to state titles. The way they’re playing right now, it’s certainly not out of the question. Edgewater plays in Class 3A-Metro while Brantley is in Class 4A-Metro.

Carter has led Edgewater to a 4-0 record entering Friday, and while he doesn’t have flashy numbers, the leadership is clear. Sure, the Eagles have everything in Cedric Baxter to score most of the touchdowns, but Carter is the main cog that keeps the gears turning.


“Obviously, being a quarterback is very important,” Carter laughed. “The team drains my energy, so whether playing well or playing badly, either way, it’s all about having a good attitude with it and having the will to win.”

He makes sure the players line up the way they should on every play, especially the offensive line. The Eagles have so many new sets this season that Carter has to get everyone on the same page.


“I’m just relaying calls and helping people line up,” Carter said. “It’s a big part of our offense and I’ve taken pride in approaching it as a key facet in the offense.”

He also cares about football. Carter has not thrown an interception in 50 attempts, and he has rushed for more yards than thrown. He is the team’s second-leading rusher and has only two tackles for loss in four games.


His confidence has reached a different level. Maybe this year it will be his team. Last season he shared the duties with senior Tyler Wesley, who transferred from Tohopekaliga.

“I don’t think I’ve been at my best this year,” Carter said. “But as a leader and my role on the team, I feel like the friendships I’ve made over the four years have culminated in that. So, it’s no surprise that the leadership is good and we all The team spirit is good.


His coach Cameron Duke has been instrumental in his development.

“Me and Coach Duke have had really good conversations about both football and real life,” Carter said. “It helps me on and off the field and it helps me to be a leader, a good friend and a good teammate on the team.”

Carter, who carries a 4.0 GPA (4.9 weighted), is looking at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh or Davidson (NC) College. Since his recruitment is slow, he decided to look at some of the academic institutions that have expressed interest.

Woodson, who has been recruited similarly or as an option quarterback, running back or receiver because of his speed and athleticism, has verbally committed to play for Navy. He wants to play quarterback, his true love. The deal with the Navy, however, hangs in the balance if anything else comes along. All commitments at this point are non-binding until the initial signing period in December.

Woodson is also a true leader and will take over the game whenever he sees fit.

“I feel great about him, and coach [Skip Clayton] It’s really helped me in that role,” he said. “He’s pushed me to be in that role and helped me with things like leadership. … I think I’ve stepped into that role very well and it’s all about helping my team and getting us to where we want to go.

This is Woodson’s second season as Brantley’s starting quarterback and he has taken charge of the Patriots’ triple option. Brantley got off to a 3-1 start, blowing a 21-6 halftime lead against Oviedo before losing the opener in a 26-21 loss.

Woodson’s biggest game as a Brantley leader came Saturday against rival Lake Mary. Trailing 21-14, he led his team on a 94-yard drive that seemed unlikely at the time. But Brantley had Woodson, who ran 60-plus yards on the game-winning drive to bring Brantley within 21-20 with just under three minutes remaining.

It was time to make a decision, but it was a no-brainer. The Pats were going for the two-point conversion and the victory.

After a pair of timeouts, Woodson took the snap and drove the ball around the right end to give Brantley a 22-21 winning margin.

“I kind of realized if I didn’t do it, it wasn’t going to work,” Woodson said of the game-winning drive. “I had to step into that role … and be that guy in that moment and help lead my team to victory.”

Being a second-year starter has done wonders for Woodson’s game.

“Oh, it’s helped me a lot. Last year I don’t think I was as confident as I could have been,” he said. “I wasn’t as confident going into the game, but this year. , with the help of Coach Skip, I’ve been more confident in playing to the best of my abilities.”

It’s easy to understand why recruiters label Woodson as a running or dual-threat quarterback. All he has said is that he wants to play quarterback and that’s why he went to Navy. He was offered by all service academies and has a 3.8 GPA.

Woodson said of his team’s triple-option offense, “It doesn’t bother me that they think of me as a runner because they just look in the file. A quarterback and I can definitely throw the ball as well as anybody.” I can

He leads the Patriots in rushing with 499 yards on 51 carries and 9 touchdowns. He has thrown the ball just 33 times for 220 yards but no interceptions and just one loss.

“Most schools are recruiting me as a dual-threat quarterback,” he said, “and I’m just focusing on playing quarterback.”

It looks like the pair are getting the short end of the recruiting stick together, but things could turn around.

For now its “state championship or bust.” If they pull off this feat, a lot of attention will come their way.

This article was originally published by OrlandoSentinel.com. Chris Hayes covers high school football, college football recruiting, the NFL and the Orlando Magic for the Sentinel. It can be reached. CHays@orlandosentinel.com or on Twitter @OS_ChrisHays.