Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Liberty Raleigh QB Wright Entering Senior Season with Mixed Emotions; Prominent & Dominant

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP FOOTBALL ; Liberty Raleigh QB Wright Entering Senior Season with Mixed Emotions; Prominent & Dominant

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Liberty Raleigh High School's opponents will surely be glad to see Hunter Wright graduate from the Raider football program. A three-year starter at quarterback, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wright is the top returning Class AA passer, having connected on 107 of 182 passes for 1,970 yards, 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions while leading the Raiders to an 8-3 record as a junior.

Wright, however, would be content in maintaining the status quo.

"It's really exciting, but it's bittersweet, said Wright of his rapidly approaching senior season. "I don't want to graduate yet, I don't want to be a senior. When you're a kid you can't wait to grow up, but now that I'm here I hate to see it coming to an end. I don't want to graduate, but it is exciting too.

It's particularly exciting for Raiders coach Jeff Alexander, who considers Wright as good as having an extra member of the coaching staff.

"Hunter is a very, very intelligent kid on the field and off the field, said Alexander. "He's as good as having another coach on the field and he has the ability and the authority to check out of a play and into something else based on what the defense is giving him.

"If you've got a quarterback that can read the defense before the snap and can audible and change the play to something better, you can't ask for something better than that from a high school kid.

Wright, who sports a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom, relishes his position as a leader for the Raiders, especially given his current comfort level with the program's spread offense.

"I'm really comfortable at the position now, Wright said. "I'm comfortable with the plays, so I don't have as much stress on me now. Coming in as a freshman you have to get used to a whole new system in the run game and the pass game, but being around it for four years, I kind of feel like a coach to the other guys. The coaches want me to have that kind of knowledge, so there's still pressure, but I'm a lot more comfortable than I used to be.

"When it gets down to game time and you need a big play, people look to the quarterback to make the right decisions and make the big plays. It's a big leadership spot and I feel like I'm one of the leaders on this team. …

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