Rochester Adams had big plans at the start of the season to utilize a pair of quarterbacks, but those plans never fully transpired.
But Wood was derailed by a broken wrist in fall camp.
"One week before the Clarkston game I broke my wrist and so I had a cast on for I think six weeks," Wood said. "Once I got the cast off, I played freshman games with my cast on, but then once I got it off I got pulled back up to varsity. That was against Oxford which I think was Week 5."
Unfortunately, a week later Sokol went out for the season, but fortunately for Adams, Wood was more than ready to take over. The 6-foot freshman split time one week before earning the starting spot and helping keep Adams on track for the playoffs and led the team to a regional finals appearance.
Now, Wood is the guy at the quarterback position moving forward and feels at home with the spot.
"I like the leadership," he said. "I'm not a shy guy. I am pretty outgoing. I just love having the role of being the leader. Getting to call the plays in the huddle and just knowing the team works off of your emotions. …
"I just love knowing that my attitude reflects on others. I just love staying high and all that good stuff."
He also is excited to be joined by more of his classmates, who put together an undefeated freshman campaign, and having 15 of 22 varsity starters back.
"We just have a really hard-working group of guys in my class and the grades above us," he said. "There's no offseason in football and we're all working hard."
He also got a little bit of early attention from Michigan State this fall.
Wood took an unofficial visit for the Spartans game against Michigan and met many of the coaches, including Brad Salem, who recruits his area.
"My favorite part was meeting all the coaches because it's just surreal knowing that you're meeting guys who are coaching some of the best in the nation," he said. "I mean, Michigan State is fourth in the nation right now and knowing that you're shaking the hand and talking to guys who have coached them is sweet."
For the time being, Wood remains focused on the coming season at Adams and putting in a good offseason as he works out with 360QB and Bruce Morris and will be looking into more one-day camps.