Highlight Video/QB Bryce Peterson’s legs add new dimension to Downey High’s prolific air game

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Downey High’s Bryce Peterson has exceeded even the wildest expectations as a first-year varsity QB in Coach Jeremy Plaa’s high-flying passing attack. He’s third among all junior QBs in California with 1,956 passing yards, to go with 20 TD throws and 5 interceptions. He has 8 TDs and no INTs in the last two weeks, with 533 yards.

We’ve been telling you since last spring that what sets Peterson apart from his prolific predecessors at Downey is his running ability. He’s run for 342 yards, including 9 TDs, and he’s even caught a 24-yard TD.

The ability to use Peterson in the running game could be worth a TD a week in the playoffs, and that could be the difference between a first-round victory or defeat.

Check out the tape above to see Peterson’s footwork this season — it’s helped keep Downey out of those third-and-long scenarios that doom high school offenses. That first play, where he rolls right, shows him moving in the open field. One thing: He has to get out of bounds at the end, rather than taking a big hit.

Peterson has guided Downey to a 7-0 record and the Knights are heading to a Week 11 showdown with crosstown rival Gregori – which also is expected to be 9-0 when the teams play on the final Friday night.

 

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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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