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Best friends, Perrysburg quarterbacks ready to lead team

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    During a recent scrimmage, Perrysburg quarterback Gus Dimmerling (No. 10) rolls out as he looks for an open receiver.

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    Perrysburg's Quinn Thomas, center, throws to a receiver during a recent scrimmage.

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During a recent scrimmage, Perrysburg quarterback Gus Dimmerling (No. 10) rolls out as he looks for an open receiver.

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Perrysburg High School juniors Gus Dimmerling and Quinn Thomas, best friends, toss the football around at local parks trying to help each other throw better.

They work on how they throw the ball, while the other one runs down the ball.

The big difference between them and other friends that throw the pigskin back-and-forth is they will share being the starting quarterback job for Perrysburg High School this year.

"We always say they are the two best friends on the team -- it is Gus and Quinn," said Matt Kregel, head coach. "They are inseparable, even if you take away football."

The two are very similar. They can both run and throw offensively, and both start at defensive back. They are both soft spoken and short on words, until they get into the huddle.

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Perrysburg's Quinn Thomas, center, throws to a receiver during a recent scrimmage.

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There are some differences though. Dimmerling enjoys offense more that defense because he likes running the ball and scoring touchdowns. But Thomas enjoys defense since he "gets to hit someone else."

Kregel said for now they both will play quarterback, which is important to keep them fresh as each plays defense as well. since they both play defense too. Each wants more playing time.

"It is a competition," Dimmerling admitted after Thomas said they just want what is best for the team.

Dimmerling played running back last year for the Yellow Jackets. Kregel said Dimmerling is a better runner of the two, and Perrysburg likes to run the zone-read. And Thomas thrives in short passes, the coach said. 

Kregel's play calling is geared to which quarterback is in.

The two have to replace star quarterback Steve Slocum from last year. He rushed for more than 1,300 yards, threw for more than 1,300 yards, and set the school scoring record with 176 total points last fall. 

From the sounds of it, Dimmerling will look to make up for Slocum's rushing yards. Thomas might be more excited about the passing yards.

"Once you get the run game going, then you can have the opportunity to hit open receivers, and we have a very good tight end," Thomas said.

While the friends practically finished each other's sentences before practices one day this week, they might be finishing each other's touchdown drives during the game today. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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