Freshman quarterback Collin Ironside appears to be the permanent solution at quarterback for the Bearden Bulldogs.
Bearden plays at William Blount in the PrepXtra game of the week Friday. The Bulldogs look to bounce back after a heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Farragut.
The team already trusts Ironside - he threw four touchdowns passes against Farragut.
"He got thrown into the fire in probably the most heated rivalry game we play all season," Coach Morgan Shinlever said Wednesday. "And how he came out and performed showed us that he's capable of leading a team at the 6A level."
One of his most reliable receivers, Jake Klenck, remembered one play from Ironside that stuck out to him in the Farragut game.
"He took a huge hit, I think it was in the third quarter or something," Klenck said. "We have something at Bearden where if you get hit, you're supposed to get up before the defender and he got back up after he got absolutely drilled. So it shows he has a lot of toughness and you know you respect him as a player when he makes plays like that."