ARP -- On the agenda of Arp head football coach Dale Irwin is finding a quarterback to replace three-year starter Kyle Copeland, who’s now at Air Force.

Chase Bonner and Jeron Sykes are currently involved in competition for the starting job.

“We will play them both until one separates himself,” Irwin said.

Whoever earns the spot, senior receiver/defensive back Michael Roberson (5-9, 165) should provide plenty of support. Roberson accounted for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns on offense in 2011, while coming away with seven interceptions and two defensive TDs.

“Michael is the best athlete I’ve ever coached at Arp, and I’ve had some good ones,” Irwin said.

Irwin said Roberson is beginning to receive heavy recruiting interest from Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and Texas State.

Arp, ranked No. 4 on our preseason 2A & below countdown, was hit hard by injuries in 2011, but that allowed several young players the opportunity to make a difference on Friday nights. Irwin said as many as seven sophomores could suit up on the varsity this season.

One of those sophomore to watch will be running back Marcalas Johnson, the brother of former Arp standout and current Oklahoma State safety LaVocheya Cooper. Johnson started three games in the backfield as a freshman.