The Panther Press

Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week: Versache Buchanan

Athlete of the WeekGreg Higgins

Before coach Tim Billings came to North Lamar, the Panthers were a run first team. As a matter of fact, 90% of their plays were designed to run the ball. Coach Billings came in and brought a different mindset. It was a mindset of spreading the offense out.

This meant finding the perfect quarterback to run the spread offense. Enter Versache Buchanan. Buchanan, two years ago, was playing basketball. Now, he’s the second-year starting quarterback for the Varsity team.

“It’s pretty fun,” Buchanan said about quarterbacking this high-powered offense. “All the eyes are on me to keep the momentum going.”

That momentum has racked up over 50 points per game for the Panthers this season as they finished pre-district with a 4-1 record. Against Van, Versache accounted for over 300 yards of offense. He threw for 195 and ran for another 127. He also had four touchdowns - two on the ground and two in the air.

Billings has really worked with Buchanan on his play at the quarterback position. Buchanan says that he feels like his footwork in the pocket has been his biggest improvement from his Junior year to his Senior year.

“Everyone looks to me as a leader because I’m the quarterback,” Versache says.

Besides being the quarterback for the football team, Versache also plays basketball and is a member of the track team. He does the high jump, 300 meter hurdles and may throw in a relay also.

After high school, Buchanan is hoping to attend college to get into sports management. His favorite subject in school is History and in his free time, Buchanan likes to play pick-up basketball games.

Congratulations to Versache Buchanan for being this week’s Guaranty Bank and Trust Athlete of the Week.