Josh Homol a habitual winner


Josh Homol a habitual winner

Josh Homol has plenty to work on this off-season before entering his senior year and quarterbacking Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. The 6-foot, 160-pounder is looking to add 20 pounds while he continues focusing on his standout speed.

“I’m trying to get a little bigger, and I need to be smarter coming up to the line,” Homol said. “I’m really trying to develop that mental mentality that a varsity quarterback needs.”

Homol is coming off his first season as the Vikings’ varsity starter, and it was a huge success. Not only did he pass for 545 yards and 10 touchdowns, Homol helped lead Northwest Guilford to a 12-2 record and a trip to the playoffs.

“This year, we had some really good running backs and a really good offensive line to complement that,” Homol said. “We ran the ball really well and that opened it up a little bit for me. And the defense was stellar.”

The Vikings ran a Wing-T offense while occasionally shifting to the spread. “I was really happy with the open looks I got,” Homol said. “My linemen gave me some time and off play action, I got a lot of really good looks. That really helped me and it took a lot of the pressure off.”

The Vikings won their first two playoff games before falling to Mallard Creek, the No. 1-ranked team in North Carolina. “That team was phenomenal,” Homol said.

‘I hate losing’

He should know all about phenomenal teams. In addition to quarterbacking one of the top teams in the state this past season, Homol was 10-0 as a freshman quarterback for Northwest Guilford’s JV team and 9-1 as a sophomore. “I’m a really competitive kid and I hate losing,” he said.

The Vikings are losing three senior running backs that combined for a staggering 3,366 yards rushing this past year, so Homol realizes he’ll need to do more during his upcoming senior season. Having a year’s experience as the varsity starter should give him a big boost.

“Going into next season, I’m just going to feel so much more confidence,” Homol said. “And I’m going to get the ball a little more because all of our running backs were seniors this year. That puts a little more pressure on me, but I kind of like that pressure. It’s kind of self-inflicted pressure I guess, but I just want to make plays for the team so we can win.”

Homol gives NFA big credit for helping him develop as a quarterback. He’s been attending camps the past three years.

“NFA’s helped a lot, especially with coverage reading,” Homol said. “I didn’t really know how to read coverages until I went to NFA. They really helped with that and my arm action; they really helped me speed my arm action up. They do a great job.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University