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Saturday, October 19, 2019 5:50 pm

Leo sophomore becoming star at quarterback

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

Jackson Barbour has solidified his spot as starting quarterback for Leo. He split time with senior Cameron Roach earlier in the year, but has been a nice complement in the passing game to the talented running game of Leo. In Leo's 42-19 win over DeKalb Friday to move to 8-1, Barbour, a sophomore, threw two touchdown passes in the first half, to make up for a stalled running game at times.

"He’s got some good senior receivers to help him out, and a good offensive line that has given him protection, but he has improved his throwing ability and gotten better throughout the season," Leo coach Jared Sauder said. "His confidence has gotten better and that’s the biggest thing for him, is just his confidence is up, and he’s making the throws that earlier in the season he might not have been able to make."

Barbour has grown up throughout the regular season and has senior leaders such as Peyton Wall, Peyton McHale and Cameron Livingston to thank for that.

“As a sophomore quarterback, he doesn't have to go out there and make the big plays," Sauder said. "He’s got to get the ball to our receivers and running backs and let them do it and you saw that. Those older, senior guys have been able to make plays for him."

This Leo senior class has been a strong one and Sauder hopes to see more of that leadership shine in the postseason.

"We talk about it all the time on how your seniors and how they lead are a big part in your success, and they’ve done an outstanding job this year and they got to continue that through sectionals," he said.

ewyman@jg.net