Kinsler 74 yards away from all-time state passing record

Kinsler 74 yards away from all-time state passing record


Kinsler 74 yards away from all-time state passing record


Even though he set a single-game state passing record this year with 639 yards against Prescott, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows senior Bryce Kinsler has had his worst season for total passing yards. He is at 2,272 with one game left. Still, Kinsler can break Rathen Ricedorff’s state record for career passing yards with 74 against Phoenix Shadow Mountain on Friday.

Kinsler will have a chance to do it at home. He is at 8,444 career yards. Ricedorff finished his Show Low career two years ago with 8,517 yards and a Class 3A championship.

Kinsler’s best season came his sophomore season when he threw for 3,247 yards and 28 touchdowns with eight interceptions, completed 67 percent of his passes, and won seven games and reached the playoffs in Chad DeGrenier‘s last season as head coach. It was the only season in which Kinsler played in the playoffs. DeGrenier left for Mesa Mountain View and Greg Davis came in, tweaking the offense, but still having Kinsler throw out of the spread.

Kinsler passed for 2,925 yards and 25 TDs with 23 interceptions, completing 54 percent of his passes, last season when Cactus Shadows went 3-7. Cactus Shadows can duplicate that record with a win Friday.

Kinsler has completed 49 percent of his passes this season and has thrown 16 touchdown passes with eigth interceptions. Since the Prescott game Sept. 21, when he completed 37 of 60 for 639 yards and six TDs, Kinsler has completed 56 of 123 passes (45.5 percent) for 759 yards and four TDs with two interceptions.

Since his sophomore year, Cactus Shadows has gone 5-14 and has allowed 38 points a game.

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