Preseason all-Bay Area News Group high school football 2022: Quarterbacks



(Listed in alphabetical order)

Nate Bell, Liberty, 5-10, 175, senior

Jaden Rashada isn’t the only Bay Valley Athletic League quarterback who should put up huge statistical totals this season. Bell was the definition of a dual-threat last year, throwing for 1,304 yards and 13 touchdowns, and running for 445 yards and three scores, too. Now entering his senior season, Bell will need to take another leap if Liberty wants to dethrone Pittsburg at the top of the BVAL.

Jake Boyd, Los Gatos, 6-0, 170, senior

Boyd was very efficient in 2021, throwing for 22 touchdowns with only six interceptions, and adding five touchdowns with his legs. The Wildcats’ 10-1 record last season was due, in large part, to Boyd’s ability to avoid mistakes. Coach Mark Krail said his quarterback “has that ‘it’ factor and it shows on Friday nights.”

Matthew Dougherty, St. Francis, 6-6, 200, senior

The last time the Bay Area saw Dougherty in action, he was throwing the streak-busting touchdown pass to defeat De La Salle. The tall righthander missed the rest of the season with an injury but is ready for a senior year that could see St. Francis more pass-happy than in years past.

Luke Duncan, Miramonte, 6-5, 200, senior

Duncan was given the keys to the offense last season and didn’t disappoint. The UCLA commit (per 247Sports) threw 30 touchdowns and for almost 3,000 yards as he pushed the ball downfield. Miramonte coach Jack Schram said Duncan has the talent and opportunity to break all of Miramonte’s passing records by the end of the season.

Jordan Hernandez, Tennyson, 6-0, 160, senior

Hernandez did not throw many passes last season, but he made the very most of them. He threw for 20 touchdowns on only 67 attempts, with 16 of those going to the highly-touted Taeshaun Lyons. Both are back for the Lancers, and there is no reason to believe the duo won’t repeat last year’s performance.

Armand Johnson, Wilcox, 6-0, 170, senior

Alongside preseason all-Bay Area News Group runner Andrew Palacios and last year’s featured back, the since graduated Luther K. Glenn, Armand Johnson helped take Wilcox all the way to a berth in the 2-A state championship game. He threw for 1,653 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 612 yards as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the Bay.

John Pelletier, Northgate, 6-0, 180, senior

Pelletier guided the Broncos to an undefeated 5-0 record in the Diablo Athletic League’s Valley Division, which means he will now be tested in the tougher Foothill Division. The Valley’s MVP had perhaps his best game of the season against College Park as he threw for 359 yards and had five total touchdowns.

Tayden Phillips, Lincoln-San Jose, 5-11, 185, senior

Coach Kevin Collins has a dynamic backfield, with Tayden Phillips joining running back Sal Espinoza on the all-Bay Area News Group preseason team. Phillips threw for 1,053 yards and nine touchdowns and then ran for 687 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. A repeat appearance in the CCS playoffs is a very achievable goal for Lincoln’s dual-threat star.

Jaden Rashada, Pittsburg, 6-5, 200, senior

As a four-star teetering on that coveted five-star status, Rashada has every physical tool a university like Miami looks for in a quarterback. The Hurricane commit threw for 25 touchdowns last season and could have thrown even more had he not been hampered by a hamstring injury down the stretch. With four all-Bay Area News Group receivers to throw to this year, expect Rashada to put up Madden-caliber numbers.

Liam Smith, Hillsdale, 6-6, 205, senior

Hillsdale will lean on its senior star to be a steady presence now that the vast majority of last year’s receiving core has graduated. Smith threw for 27 touchdowns and ran for another five last fall. The third-year starter is the reigning PAL Ocean Division offensive player of the year.

Dashiell Weaver, Campolindo, 6-0, 170, senior

Campolindo’s signal-caller can make defenses pay on the ground and through the air. His coach, Kevin Macy, said the senior has “great strength and very good accuracy.” Weaver threw for 2,509 yards, ran for 552 and totaled 24 touchdowns overall for a 10-4 Campolindo team that won the North Coast Section Division II title in 2021.

Michael Wood, Las Lomas, 6-1, 200, senior

In eight games played, Wood threw for 1,705 yards and 15 touchdowns, clearly establishing himself as one of the top passers in the Bay. Coach Doug Longero called Wood a “very talented quarterback.”

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