The Houston (Texas) Second Baptist football program underwent many changes in the off-season, namely the hiring of new head coach Terry Pirtle.
Pirtle joined the Eagles program after coaching four years at Bullard (Texas) Brook Hill, where he led the Guard to state championships in both football and baseball.
One of the first assignments that the head coach faced in inheriting the new team was naming a starting quarterback, a nod that eventually went to junior quarterback Chase Wertheimer.
"There are a lot of guys who are good athletes and who have strong arms. I'm the shortest of the quarterback competitors, so I had to focus on doing everything fundamentally correct," said Wertheimer of the quarterback battle. "I have a strong arm, but there were times I would overthrow, so I had to work on my accuracy. Being able to run is one of my strengths, so I had to work on my footwork and stuff like that."
The Eagles started off the season 0-2, but things began to turn around in Week 3, as the team defeated Tomball (Texas) Concordia Lutheran 50-20.
Though it's not his first year on Varsity, previously playing both receiver and safety, it is the first season where Wertheimer is leading the offense, an opportunity he embraces.
"I'm still working on passing accuracy and helping out the linemen and the receivers with what we're doing on the field. I know the plays and am able to read the defenses. I watch a ton of film so I can scout out our opponents," he said.
Wertheimer is very aware of the biggest knock against him: at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds, his size isn't ideal for a college level quarterback.
"To anyone who thinks it's an issue, I would say to watch the film from my season. Film doesn't lie. You see what you do wrong, you see what you do right. I have the competitive drive and the leadership capabilities that it takes to play quarterback," he said.
Wertheimer, who says he's open to every program right now, also relies on his running ability.
"I'm comfortable rolling out. I'm not much of a pocket passer because of my height, but running is my strength," he said.
True to his word, the junior had three rushing touchdowns last weekend versus San Antonio (Texas) Cornerstone Christian, including a 30-yard run. He also had a passing touchdown.
The quarterback has thrown for 483 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 177 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
Wertheimer and the Eagles will next face Katy (Texas) Pope John XXIII on October 4th, the team's homecoming game.