There were times when Davis quarterback Colton Chronister didn't know if he'd get back to the position he's always loved and thrived in, standing a few feet behind center, scanning defenses and eventually calling for the ball.
Despite playing quarterback since he was 7, Chronister was tasked with utilizing his athleticism and instincts all over the field during his junior season.Â
He lined up at two different wide receiver positions.
He lined up as a wildcat quarterback.
He lined up as the deep snapper.
But as the calendar turned and the quarterback position under Davis coach Ryan Bishop opened in 2013, Chronister ensured he'd be the guy behind center waiting for the ball once again to be snapped into his palms.
"It's been in my blood," he said. "It took me like four hours to get back into it."
It's working out perfectly so far for the Darts.
Chronister has led Davis to a 4-0 start in his first season as the starting quarterback, dictating a high-tempo, multidimensional offense. The Darts average 33 points per game, and Chronister has been on point in keeping opposing defenses off balance.
He's thrown for 657 yards and six touchdowns and has rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Davis' perfect start.
"He's the best athlete we have, I think," Davis wideout Abel Porter said. "We can stick him at linebacker if we wanted to and he'd do his best. We've seen that in him the last three years."
Bishop credits Chronister's leadership skills to his quarterback's quick and efficient start.Â
"My most favorite thing about Colton is he never makes it about him," he said. "He's willing to make a play when he needs to make a play."
Such was the case in last Thursday's road win at Region 1 rival Syracuse.Â
Chronister made something out of nothing midway through the second quarter when the Titan defensive line busted the play. He scrambled to his left and lofted a perfect ball to Porter, who outjumped the defensive backs for a 9-yard touchdown.
"I think it benefited me to play all those positions last year because I now know the offense inside and out," Chronister said. "I love the lights, I love the pressure. I feel like I play better when the game is on my shoulders."
As always the case under Bishop, Davis traditionally has favored top-notch athletes with the right intangibles to lead the offense. Prior to the start of the season, Bishop said Chronister is magnetic, that team leaders and backups alike are drawn to him.
"If we asked him to go in and play free safety, he would," Bishop said. "That's why he's had success with different roles in our program."
As the Darts continue their unblemished start, the Region 1 gantlet continues. The preseason, while successful, is over, and Chronister's offense must continue producing against programs very familiar with the Davis schemes.
The Darts and their fans screamed in celebration following their region road win over Syracuse, showcasing just how important a 1-0 start truly is in that region. While coaches and players hugged and congratulated one another, Chronister held steady.
"We can't become complacent, because you're either getting better or you're getting worse," he said.Â
Under the guidance of Colton Chronister, the Davis Darts have been getting better.
Year • Senior
School • Davis
Position • Quarterback
Season highlights • Led Darts to 4-0 start ... Threw three TD passes in win over Taylorsville ... Leads a team that is averaging 33 points per game.