LANTANA, FLORIDA- Everyone knows about big name high school football quarterbacks in Florida like Miami Central’s Keyon Jenkins, Chaminade-Madonna’s Cedrick Bailey, IMG Academy‘s Jayden Bradford and Nease’s Marcus Stokes.
One name that doesn’t appear on everyone’s radar, however, is Santaluces’ signal caller Will Prichard. The senior quarterback has arguably been the most efficient passer in the state of Florida and he has the statistics to back it up.
Prichard has completed 65-of-93 passes (69.9 percent) for 981 yards and 14 touchdowns with an eye-popping passer rating of 143.9. The most important stat line: zero interceptions.
The Santaluces’ quarterback said on not throwing an interception as of yet, it’s not really something he thinks about often despite playing the game’s most important position.
“My key with efficiency is finding something to get better at every day and to break down film in different ways,” Prichard said. “Not really. I try to limit my mistakes in practice so I won’t happen in the game and it also comes with constantly studying.”
Prichard’s best game this season was in Santaluces’ 42-6 victory against Olympic Heights where the quarterback threw for 415 yards and five touchdowns. What has been incredible is his efficiency through the air.
Along with Prichard’s success on offense has Santaluces winning more games on the field. Last season, the Chiefs went 1-8 before Prichard transferred over from King’s Academy, which he led them to 6-4 record.
The Chiefs’ wide receiving corps has been one of the better units in Palm Beach County, with players like 6-foot-5 senior Chase Hanning (315 yards), Zakavvion Edgecombe (151 yards) and Jamar Browder (150 yards). Running back Curtis Douglas has helped out as well with 164 yards rushing.
Continuity amongst the team between playing in plenty of passing tournaments and going on team camps has brought the Chiefs much closer together.
“I think the thing that has helped the most was 7-on-7’s and team camps over the summer those really brought us together,” Prichard said. “My offensive line and receivers have been outstanding they are the guys that make me look good and they deserve more credit.”
Santaluces won’t play its schedule contest versus Lake Worth this week due to games being cancelled or postponed due to Hurricane Ian in Palm Beach County. The Chiefs will be back in action next week.
On Oct. 13 (Thursday), the Chiefs are slated to take on Boca Raton in one of the area’s better matchup. It should be another chance for Prichard to display why he is the state’s top passer and to impress college scouts.
Prichard holds a handful of offers, with Auburn, East Carolina, Utah and Vanderbilt as his suitors. The senior plans to take his time before making any kind of decision on where he will end up on the next level.
“Not really, I’m still taking my visits and seeing what I like and I want to find the best situation for me,” Prichard said about his college options and where he’s leaning.
Confidence isn’t something Prichard is lacking whatsoever at the midway point of the season as many have debated throughout who might be the best quarterback in the state.
When asked about the comparisons to other signal callers around the state, the Chiefs’ quarterback feels like he already is the best in the Sunshine State.
“I think I am already the best quarterback in the state, just people are finally starting to recognize it and I’m going to keep working harder to be the best player I can be,” Prichard added.
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