Going into Saturday's 5 p.m. state championship game, there is no quarterback controversy at Southridge as Tom Farinacci returns to starter in an ironic twist.
Sophomore Kellen Mastrud, whose father/coach elevated him to the starting role for the playoffs, can't go after suffering four broken bones in his foot in last week's semifinal victory over Lake Oswego.
Farinacci, a state-level senior sprinter with a rocket arm, had the opportunity at the job last year, but coach Brad Mastrud's other son proved to be more effective. Jeron Mastrud now starts at tight end at Kansas State.
This year, Farinacci's inaccuracy prompted the QB switch - ironically, after a 38-0 Metro League loss at Jesuit - and Kellen Mastrud gave Southridge more confidence in the playoffs with his accuracy, ability and knowledge.
But Farinacci helped rally Southridge in its 27-7 win over the Lakers.
'I'm really happy for him,' coach Mastrud says.
Farinacci's directive for Saturday, Mastrud adds: 'Take care of the football.'
- Jason Vondersmith