MONTGOMERY, Ala. – He’d driven 90 miles to watch his granddaughter in the band. And he was enjoying a dazzling show.
From a perch high in the old stadium, Winston Massey watched Taulia Tagovailoa throw the football, feathering spirals and firing darts, and declared:
“He may be as good as his brother, right now.”
At this point, we should mention that Tagovailoa’s older brother is Tua Tagovailoa. And we should note that Massey was wearing a crimson trucker’s cap with the phrase: “2nd and 26.”
“It was the last play of the national championship game,” Massey started to say – but no explanation is necessary.
Tua Tagovailoa’s 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime brought home Alabama’s latest title and propelled him into an offseason quarterback competition that continues to captivate the entire state, and perhaps college football. Like many, Massey thinks Tua, a sophomore, will emerge with the job over Jalen Hurts, a junior. Like many, he salivates over the potential.
Alabama with a dynamic talent at the game’s most important position? Saturdays could be spectacular.
But on Friday nights this fall, there is salivating for a sensational undercard.
Taulia Tagovailoa, who plans to join Tua at Alabama, threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson High’s 38-7 victory over James Clemens High, a Huntsville-area school (they played in Montgomery as part of the “Champions Challenge”.) He wasn’t satisfied afterward — his father said, “We’ll go back to the drawing board.” But plenty of fans at the old stadium seemed to be.