Seton QB Ryan Bresnahan spectacular in win over Blue Ridge

Seton QB Ryan Bresnahan spectacular in win over Blue Ridge

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Seton QB Ryan Bresnahan spectacular in win over Blue Ridge

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Chandler Seton Catholic junior quarterback Ryan Bresnahan had an electrifying season last year.

He led his team to 12-1 in a brand new division and threw for 3,291 yards and 51 touchdowns. But the perfect season came crashing down when Seton met powerhouse Lakeside Blue Ridge in the semifinal round of the Division IV playoffs. The defending champions trampled Seton 45-14 on their way to a championship.

This year, after battling injuries and fighting his way back to the starting position, Bresnahan had a little something to prove when Seton met Blue Ridge in the Division IV title game at NAU’s Walkup Skydome Friday night.

And he didn’t waste much time making his point. Bresnahan completed 9 of 13 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter of the contest and helped Seton to a 28-7 victory over the defending champions.

“It just showed that we could play with these guys and that we belong here,” Bresnahan said of the early lead. “We knew we could handle them.”

Bresnahan’s first-half performance Friday night was nothing short of spectacular, but the moment in the spotlight came after a season in the shadows.

Bresnahan broke his thumb in a week three loss to Tempe Prep, which kept him out for most of the regular season. He returned in the final game against Phoenix Bourgade Catholic and began to split time with David Gesicki, who had played well in his absence.

“We knew that we had good backup quarterback in David,” Bresnahan said. “We knew that he was going to give us everything he’s got.”

Bresnahan was happy to see his team enjoying success, but desperately wanted to be a part of it again.

“It made me so hungry,” he said. “I just could not wait to get back.”

It didn’t take long to find his footing.

“The first game back we had to knock some of the rust off of him,” Seton coach Rex Bowser said, “But since that time he’s been (outstanding).”

Bresnahan finished 12 for 21 on Friday for 218 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Ending a trying season with a state championship left the senior in a state of shock.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “This is just unreal.”

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