It was a move made out of necessity. Feeling that his team was struggling offensively, Hayfield Coach Eric Henderson turned to Brian Cobbs, moving his three-year starter at wide receiver to quarterback.
“He was our backup, we just felt like having the ball in his hands made us more dangerous,” Henderson said.
While Cobbs was a talented wide receiver – having accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Maryland – in just three weeks he has shown the ability to take over games at quarterback. The latest example came this past Friday, when Cobbs completed 14 of 27 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 23 times for 245 yards and three more touchdowns, leading Hayfield to a 42-31 win over Oakton.
For his efforts, Cobbs was named the DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank High School Football Player of the Week, powered by Under Armour.
“I thought he would do well with the scheme, I’ve seen him run with the ball in his hands and he’s pretty dynamic,” Henderson said. “But I was pleasantly surprised with the throwing. He’s got a whip. He can hit almost all parts of the field. He’s very impressive.”
Cobbs had 39 catches for 507 yards and nine touchdowns in the season’s first seven games, also getting a bit of time under center as the Hawks’ backup quarterback. He had played quarterback on the freshman team, but moved to wide receiver upon joining the varsity as a sophomore.
“Which I thought was more of his natural position.” Henderson said. “Shows what I know. With an offseason, he probably would be devastating.”
In three games at quarterback, Cobbs has passed for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 484 yards and seven touchdowns. Hayfield has scored at least 40 points in each of those games, winning them all. The Hawks (8-2) host Hylton on Friday in a Virginia Division 6 Region C quarterfinal playoff game.
Others considered for Player of the Week honors included:
Arundel QB Ryan Sedgwick completed 20 of 31 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 59 yards as the Wildcats beat Severna Park, 41-20.
H.D. Woodson QB Kahlil Wright completed 10 of 16 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown as the Warriors won their sixth consecutive game, 41-13.
Linganore RB Davon Butler rushed 16 times for 156 yards and four touchdowns as the Lancers routed Urbana, 62-10, to secure the second seed in the Maryland 3A West Region playoffs.
Long Reach RB KaDarrian Booker rushed 33 times for 120 yards and one touchdown as the Lightning beat Atholton, 14-13, to earn a Maryland 3A South Region playoff berth.
Stone Bridge RB Nick Mell rushed 31 times for 182 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs completed an undefeated regular season with a 21-13 win over previously unbeaten Broad Run.
Quince Orchard QB Doc Bonner completed 12 of 16 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars secured the top seed in the Maryland 4A West Region playoffs with a 60-21 win over Gaithersburg.
Oxon Hill QB DaJuan Rollins threw four touchdown passes as the Clippers beat Bowie, 48-12, to earn the third seed in the Maryland 3A South Region playoffs.
Freedom-Woodbridge QB A.J. Felton completed 15 of 21 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns and rushed four times for 104 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles beat Colgan, 64-36.
St. John’s DE Tre’Mon Morris-Brash had 4 ½ sacks as the Cadets wrapped up the top seed in the WCAC playoffs with a 32-14 win over Gonzaga.