Beau Trudeau's 6 touchdown passes eclipses his father Jack's top game

Beau Trudeau's 6 touchdown passes eclipses his father Jack's top game


Beau Trudeau's 6 touchdown passes eclipses his father Jack's top game


Jack Trudeau put up some video game numbers in his career at University of Illinois. But the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback’s son Beau got some bragging rights over dad in his first varsity start for Pike High School.

“It was pretty cool (my dad) came up to me after the game, shook my hand and said, ‘I’ve never thrown six touchdown passes in a game. It’s awesome,’ ” Beau said.

Beau, a 6-foot, 175-pound senior, completed 16-of-20 passes for 298 yards in a 59-19 rout of Brownsburg.

“He was like a kid in a candy store,” Pike coach Derek Moyers said. “He was excited about getting out on the field. Obviously, he played very well. He had great protection up front. We ran the ball well and our receivers made great plays.”

The elder Trudeau’s 10-year NFL career ended in 1995, the year before Beau was born.

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But football has always been shared love.

“All the time, whether it’s at practice or at the dinner table, we’re always talking about football,” Beau said. “I love it.”

Jack is in his third season as Pike’s quarterback coach.

“I’m proud of the fact he’s put in as much work as he has,” said Trudeau, who played with the Colts from 1986-93. “When you are not playing, it’s easy to slough off and not do things. Beau has always been conscious about his techniques and he does things the right way.

“I have more than one reason to want him to be successful as his dad and as his coach. It’s a great start for a kid that wanted to be a football player and a quarterback. I’m not sure where he gets that from.”

Trudeau said the best thing is that Beau did the things that he was asked to do.

“He didn’t go off on his own and do crazy things,” Trudeau said. “Then he made great throws.”

Beau said backing up starter Brent Lyles the past two seasons helped.

“When you stand on the sidelines every Friday night, you are itching to get in all time,” Beau said “I really took to taking mental reps when I was on the sidelines and really watched what he did. Now that I had all summer to work on it. I really thought about what (Lyles) did against certain defenses and kept that in my memory bank. Wish I could have played those years but it was a great learning experience.”

Moyers said Beau has put on weight and gotten faster in the off-season.

“He doesn’t have the strongest arm of all the quarterbacks we’ve had. But he understands defenses and understands where the ball needs to go and he gets it there on time,” said Moyers, whose Class 6A No. 7 Red Devils play at No. 5 Fishers (1-0) on Friday night. “We’re not going to ask him to throw a bunch of deep balls. We’re going to ask him to get it to our skill kids and let them do the work.”

Pike’s speedy junior Johnny William caught four passes for 149 yards; three were for touchdowns. Rashad Medaris caught eight passes for 89 yards and two TDs.

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New QB at Ritter

There is life after four-year starting quarterback Jake Purichia at Cardinal Ritter. Alex Downard, a junior, completed 15-of-25 passes for 292 yards in a 41-40 overtime victory over Monrovia.

“He put the ball in good spots,” Ritter coach Ty Hunt said. “He’s been chomping at the bit to get his start at it. We got some receivers that can still catch the ball.”

Downard saw primarily mop-up duty last season as the Raiders won the Class 2A state title. He completed 1-of-2 passes for four yards.

Hunt praised Monrovia’s rushing attack (418 yards).

“My compliments to our guys that we were two scores down and continued to believe on the sidelines and huddle we could get some things accomplished and get back in it,” said Hunt, whose team plays Lutheran on Friday night.

Call Star reporter Mark Ambrogi at (317) 444-6047. Follow him on Twitter: @mark_ambrogi


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