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By STEVE LEE

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 30, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- It should be a season-long battle between Jon Emminger and Kale Durocher for the Rams starting quarterback job.

NEW PORT RICHEY -- It should be a season-long battle between Jon Emminger and Kale Durocher for the Rams starting quarterback job.

And that's fine with Ridgewood coach Wayne Parzik, who resorted to using four signal-callers last season because of injuries. Top rusher Mario Policastri even took his turn under center.

In a perfect world, Emminger and Durocher would be dueling for a backup role since the late James Priest was the clear-cut choice to lead the Rams in 2001.

Priest spent last season as the junior varsity quarterback, but was called up for the final varsity game. He passed for two touchdowns and had a third called back in leading the Rams to a win against Hudson.

Parzik likes what he sees in both of his current quarterbacks and said, at least at the beginning of the season, that they will split playing time equally.

"We're going to start them out that way," Parzik said. "They're both decent."

Emminger, a senior, is a fiery competitor and not afraid to voice his frustrations or rally the troops.

Durocher, a junior, is calmer and unlikely to lose his composure when things go bad for the Rams.

At 6 feet 5, Emminger is tall enough to peer over opposing linemen and find a receiver streaking downfield.

Durocher, who also is the Rams' kicker and punter, is more of a scrambler who nonetheless can deliver the ball in tight spots.

"The kid who doesn't start, they're both good enough athletes where the other one will start on the other side of the ball," Parzik said.

On defense, Emminger is a down linemen while Durocher plays in the secondary.

Whether it's offense or defense, one or the other should be on the field at all times.

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