High School Football

Emmett High football heads to playoffs with new quarterback

Emmett’s DJ Crump breaks loose against Bishop Kelly on Sept. 23.
Emmett’s DJ Crump breaks loose against Bishop Kelly on Sept. 23. For the Idaho Statesman

Emmett has scrambled to replace starting quarterback Dane Buck, who broke his clavicle three weeks ago against Vallivue and is likely out for the season. Emmett coach Mike Schroeder stopped short of naming DJ Crump the new starter this week. But the former running back/wide receiver has provided Emmett a spark under center.

Crump completed 6-of-15 passes for 145 yards and three TDs last week against Mountain Home, and he gives Emmett an explosive threat running the ball. He leads the team with 540 rushing yards despite changing positions.

“He adds a new dimension to us offensively,” Schroeder said. “He’s a quarterback who’s pretty mobile. We’re hoping with that fact we can buy more time in the passing game and give our receivers more time to get open. And from the running aspect, we can do more things with him running the ball.”

Emmett (7-2) hosts defending state runner-up Sandpoint (4-5) in the first round of the 4A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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