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Dillon duo helping lead Beavers into Class A football playoffs

Posted at 9:48 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 16:28:49-04

DILLON — Dillon sophomore receiver Jace Fitzgerald talks glowingly of his quarterback.

“We meet almost every single day going over our reads, film and stuff, and I have the utmost confidence in him,” Fitzgerald said of friend and quarterback Justus Peterson.

The two have a dynamic chemistry, which is a large reason the Beavers find themselves at 6-2 and again among the top contenders in the Class A football playoffs. It seems that every time the Beavers score a touchdown, the announcer follows with, “That’s Peterson to Fitzgerald for the touchdown.” That feeling of confidence on the field is mutual between the two players.

“He makes me feel pretty confident,” Peterson said. “We were in the running for quarterback the entire summer, we got to play catch together a lot, we went to camps together. So we got a lot of practice in with each other. I feel really comfortable getting to him, and I can always roll out and give him the ball.”

And that’s the thing: It doesn’t seem like these two ever had to compete with each other, because at the end of the day, they both felt that if either one of them was named the starer, they’d give the Beavers the best chance to win.

“We just worked really hard together putting in work over the summer, stuff like that. I had the most confidence in him if he was going to play quarterback or if I was going to play quarterback, so it’s been very successful,” added Fitzgerald.

“I think they’re both just really good athletes, they’re good team guys, and for us to be successful, we need to have them playing and touching the ball on both ends,” said Dillon head coach Zach McRae.

Both Fitzgerald and Peterson bring an array of valuable skills to the football field.

“(Peterson) as a quarterback is extremely accurate, and he has a real thirst for knowledge of what to do offensively,” McRae said. “(Fitzgerald) is just a playmaker. You throw the ball up in his vicinity, he’ll go up and make a play.”

The pair will look to keep up the success when they host Whitefish in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Friday.