Tomorrow is a big day for the Eastside Catholic Crusaders because they move into the 2012 Post Season an amazing 9-0. And probably no one figured that one was coming.
Leading the charge for the boys of Eastside has been 6'0"-195 pound QB Trey Reynolds. While he knew the team was going to be good he was super pleased to see that 9-0 record become a reality last week.
"You work and work and try to get that. But when it happened we were all feeling so great. 9-0 is an awesome feeling," offered the dual threat Quarterback.
Trey has been spectacular in a word. Check these stats:
- 1,206 Yards Passing
- 15 Passing TD's
- 2 Interceptions
- 73% passing completion percentage
- 468 yards rushing
- 5 Rushing TD's
- 7.61 yards per carry
That folks is efficiency and smart play. That is how you get to 9-0. But it is the cast of players he has with him that he says have made Eastside into a playoff threat.
"The team is loaded with talent and all of them are great guys…super hard workers. So it is hard for me to name anyone in specific but I will give you a few," he said. "Starting off would be the line who protect us. Christian Shigley is a beast at 6'5"- 275 Pounds and is doing an amazing job. He is a smart guy and has an offer from Harvard! Then there is Hunter Hudgins at 6'5"-285 and he is also just insanely good. Both of these guys are Seniors and big time talent."
Wow those are some talented big men. That reminded us of Bellevue last season when they had Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip at those same sizes. Grinding linemen who do not stop can win Championships.
What about his other weapons?
"Our Receiver core is terrific as well. Peter Kimble is 6'2"- 200 pounds and he has had some big catches for 3 TD's. Then there is 6'3"-205 pound Justin Musser who has 375 yards roughly and 4 TD's averaging 20 yards a catch. That is a tough kid who will go over the middle and earn those tough yards," said Trey. "And at 450 yards and 7 TD's is Johnny Michalik who is 6'0" and 175 pounds and he is going for 16 yards per catch. So this is a really great group of big agile receivers and they can finish plays too."
There are 4 other Receivers on the team with between 150 and 200 yards 7 guys total who have scored in the passing lanes this year.
"Our rushing attack is lead by 5'10"- 215 pound Henry Jarvis who has 650 yards and 7 TD's and he averages almost 8 yards per carry. Adding to that effort is Freshmen Brandon Wellington who has 414 yards and 7 TD's and he is 6'0" and 180 pounds about. So the balance is there between passing and rushing."
Trey is right. This team has 10 players who have rushed for TD's and they are clicking on all Cylinders now. Fans will want to watch these guys as the State Tournament starts next week. They are very deep and very balanced.
This is Coach Jeremy Thielbar’s second full season and all of this group started playing for former Coach Jason Gesser who is now at Idaho as the interim Head Coach for Rob Akey who was let go!
What was the teams best game in 2012?
"Hands down beating O'Dea. That was the game we all wanted and the one we all speak about. It was a total team win and in that one which we won 35-21 our defense scored twice and really shut them down too," replied Trey.
So what about him as a QB?
"Last week against Nathan Hale I was 26-32 for 391 yards and 4 TD's. I was out right after half time and we won 50-8. That I think was my best 1/2 of football this season."
Half? Yes. Great effort there and all year for Trey and this squad.
Recruiting wise he is hearing from smaller schools mostly and he realizes that gaining bigger offers is getting harder and harder. But this jazzed up QB loves the game and wants to study Business and Finance and says he will be more then happy to look at any and all options that present them self.
After starting part of his 10th grade year and having a very good 2011 Campaign Trey Reynolds has turned into a very efficient and dynamic play maker and with these talented team mates are striving to keep things rolling into the Second Season!
Here is his 2011 Highlights: