KENNESAW -- Rising freshman quarterback Malachi Singleton put on a show for North Cobb in Day 1 of the Cam Newton 7-on-7 tournament.
Singleton commanded the offense like a veteran, moving the Warriors downfield seemingly every drive.
After a three-touchdown performance against Gordon Central in the second game of pool play Friday, he was in the zone.
“It felt really good to get my first touchdown of the day,” Singleton said. “I think that sparked something in me for the rest of the day.”
In the six games of pool play, North Cobb went 5-1 and was the No. 2 seed for Saturday's tournament, behind only defending Class AAA state champion Cedar Grove.
Malachi, tapped as a dual-threat quarterback, is a stout and sturdy 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, with the skills needed plow through defenses and the girth to take the necessary blows. He has shown that he is accurate and can make every throw on the field.
Singleton is the younger brother of former North Cobb running back Christian Singleton, a recent graduate who signed to play at Western Michigan.
Malachi Singleton complemented incumbent starter Trevor Lovett in the 7-on-7 tournament. Lovett, a rising junior, threw for 1,462 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Physically, Singleton was prepared, but his ability to process reads, get the ball out quickly and elude pressure allowed him to flourish. He credited his improving game to working out with his father, his brother and former Harrison quarterback Justin Fields.
“They just tell me to be calm and don’t worry about whatever the defense is doing,” Singleton said. “Just do your job and execute. I just want to be great.”
For Singleton, the 7-on-7 tournament could be a coming-out party.
“This is what I have worked my entire life for, to be able to compete at a high level,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized as one of the best players here, but I am not done yet. There’s so much left that I need to do to get to where I want to go. Being here is just part of it.
North Cobb coach Shane Queen said he liked what he saw from both of his signal-callers Friday.
“We put them in a competitive situation like this to see who strives and does well,” Queen said. “Both are playing well at a very high level right now. It’s a good problem to have with two quality quarterbacks, and we feel that either one of them can lead our team to a victory.”
Queen reiterated that Lovett and Singleton will share reps throughout the summer, which could continue into the regular season.
Another competition is how Singleton looks at it.
“It’s all about competition,” he said. “Even if I don’t get the job, I will still be making (Lovett) work hard to be best he can, while he is making me the best I can be.”