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Don Clayton knows a thing or two about quarterbacks.
The only head coach Cinco Ranch has known played quarterback at the University of Wyoming and got his Katy ISD career started by coaching the position at Katy High under Mike Johnston in the mid 1990s.
When Clayton speaks about signal-callers, he knows what he’s talking about. So when the veteran coach spoke effusively Saturday night of Pearland junior JD Head, after Head torched Clayton’s Cougars for 351 yards and six touchdowns on 20-for-32 passing in a win at Legacy Stadium, it meant something.
“I thought he was very smooth,” Clayton said. “I told him after the ballgame, ‘I enjoy watching you from one perspective, as a person who’s coached quarterbacks before, but I didn’t like you on this field tonight.’ He did a good job, even with some wind in his face in the first half. It just seemed nothing fazed him.”
That poise, Clayton said, is what makes Head special.
“He didn’t force the ball, and he looked like he had a plan every time he took the snap,” Clayton said. “That’s what I try to teach our quarterbacks — have a plan every time. Unfortunately tonight, we didn’t have the plan we needed. We forced the ball, and that leads to turnovers.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Head is a summer transfer from Jones High in Oklahoma. As a sophomore last season, he completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,085 yards, 44 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in helping lead Jones to the state semifinals.
Head’s family moved to Houston in July when his dad, who had retired, got a job offer that was “too good to pass up.”