GIRARD — Two friends turn foes on certain days at Girard’s Arrowhead Stadium.
All-Ohio quarterback Mark Waid, who has led the Indians to tonight’s state title game and is arguably the greatest QB in school history, competes against the other person people would argue is the greatest quarterback in Girard history, Nick Cochran.
Cochran, a former Ohio State recruit and the Indians’ current quarterbacks coach, and Waid, the superstar QB who was in the running for Mr. Football, make up different contests to show off their accuracy and arm strength. It’s always fun, but for two fierce competitors, there are bragging rights on the line.
“I feel like we’ve got the best quarterback in the state with the best quarterback coach coaching him in the state,” Girard coach Pat Pearson said. “They’ve really taken it to another level. It’s way beyond football. It’s a brotherhood. And it’s fun to watch those two compete against each other because Coach C will never submit anything to Mark, so sometimes in practice there’s a throwing competition between those two, and Coach C, he still got it, too.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.