Boise State's potential quarterback of the future is likely to enter the Broncos' starting battle in the spring with a lot of momentum.
Brett Rypien threw for 470 yards Saturday to advance in Washington's 3A state playoffs. That put him well within striking distance of the Washington state career passing record. He has thrown for 12,715 yards in his career, second-most in state history. The record holder is current USC backup Max Browne, who threw for 12,953 yards from 2009-12. Rypien needs 239 to pass Browne — he has not thrown for less than 257 yards in a game this season.
Quite a few of the Broncos' commits are alive in their respective state playoffs, including California DB Damion Wright, who beat 9-1 La Mirada, then took his official visit to Boise. Raymond Sheard, the team's latest commit, ran for 162 yards and three TDs in his season finale.
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— OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
Larson and the Grizzlies are back in the 3A state championship game after a 13-12 win at Emmett in the semifinals on Saturday. Fruitland (9-2) plays Snake River (10-1) at 3 p.m. Friday at Albertsons Stadium.
— QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)
Rypien had one of his best games in one of his team's most important, completing 40-of-57 passes for 470 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions Saturday in a 41-22 win over Auburn Mountainview. Shadle Park moves on to play Mt. Spokane on Saturday in the 3A quarterfinals. On Oct. 31, Mt. Spokane beat Shadle Park 28-21. This season, Rypien has 4,223 yards on 321-of-487 passing with 48 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with 361 rushing yards. (NWPrepsNow.com)
— WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
Butler had two catches for 21 yards and a 35-yard touchdown run in a 34-20 win over Carrollton Creekview on Friday in a bi-district playoff game. West Mesquite (9-2) will play McKinney North at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Butler has 10 receiving and two rushing touchdowns this season. (DallasNews.com)
— CB Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183, South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)
After crushing teams by a combined 419-40 during a seven-game win streak, the Bears eked out a 37-34 win over Lancaster on Friday in bi-district playoff action. Blair did not register any offensive stats for South Oak Cliff (8-3), which plays Marshall on Friday in Tyler, Texas. (DallasNews.com)
— DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195, Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles)
Wright and Salesian picked up a huge 24-18 win over La Mirada in the Southeast Division playoffs Friday. Salesian came into the game 4-6 and La Mirada was 9-1. Complete stats were not available for Wright, who plays safety and quarterback, but he scored the game-winning TD on a 14-yard run with 6:34 to play. (WhittierDailyNews.com)
— WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 190, Leesburg (Fla.) HS
Leesburg's season ended Nov. 7, finishing 3-7. Jefferson, who visited Boise State last weekend, finished the season with 42 catches for 657 yards and four TDs. (OrlandoSentinel.com)
— LB Drew Berger, 6-1, 220, Coeur d'Alene HS
Coeur d'Alene's season ended Nov. 7 in the 5A quarterfinals. He is expected to be Idaho's lone rep in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in California, it will televised on Fox Sports 1. Per MaxPreps.com's stats, he had six rushing TDs and two receiving TDs on offense. On defense, he had 93 tackles (nine for losses), three sacks and three interception returns for touchdowns.
— OL John Molchon, 6-5, 270, Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas)
Molchon and the Crusaders had a six-game winning streak come to an end with a 34-27 playoff loss Nov. 7 against Desert Pines.
— CB Marnez Ogletree, 5-11, 190, Fullerton College (Gwinett, Ga.)
Ogletree has not played the last two games for Fullerton, but visited Boise State last weekend. The Hornets play Mount San Antonio on Saturday in the Southern California Bowl. (FCHornets.com)
— DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Grossmont College (San Diego)
Moa had a pair of tackles in a season-ending 42-41 loss against Orange Coast College on Saturday. In 10 games this season for 4-6 Grossmont, he had 42 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. (cccaastats.org)
— S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205, Butler CC (Dallas)
Butler ended the regular season with a 40-28 win Saturday over Ellsworth. Miles had six tackles and a pass breakup. In 11 games, Miles has 50 tackles (4.5 for losses) and a forced fumbles. (ButlerGrizzlies.com)
— RB Raymond Sheard, 6-1, 195, Arlington (Texas) High
Sheard had a big game in Arlington's season-ending 56-26 win over Paschal with 20 carries for 162 yards and three TDs. He finished the season with 211 carries for 1,502 yards and 17 touchdowns. (DallasNews.com)