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Huchingson delivers as star QB at Acalanes

Brady Huchingson threw 29 touchdown passes in 2019. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Brady Huchingson threw 29 touchdown passes in 2019. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

His teammate, Freedom quarterback Les Callen, threw a precise touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone, and there he was, celebrating and dancing what just unfolded.

Brady Huchingson, going into his senior season as the quarterback at Acalanes, just loves the game of football. He can’t get enough of it. Whether that’s him throwing touchdown strike after touchdown strike or his teammates succeeding at Acalanes, or those he played with at the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Nov. 7, he is enjoying the show every step of the way.

“I always want to be playing, and it’s my favorite thing to do, so I always want to be out there on the field,” Huchingson said.

That love for the game and a strong work ethic has boosted Huchingson into who he is now: a star multi-athlete in the Bay Area.

Right away, Huchingson produced gaudy numbers when he was on the freshman team. He fished with 1,844 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, adding another five scores on the ground.

But that would only be just the beginning, as his sophomore season at the JV level saw him reach 2,022 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, with another five scores coming as a rusher.

Once Huchingson – the No. 36 player in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – reached the varsity level, his production only accelerated as a junior, registering 2,646 yards through the air, 29 touchdown strikes and seven rushing touchdowns as he and Acalanes went 9-3 overall and advanced to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals.

“I think hard work for one has helped a lot and then also just the people I’m around,” Huchingson said. “Got good coaches and everything, a lot of people that are willing to help me succeed, and I think that’s just a lot of things coming together to give me some success.”

For Huchingson, though, the outlandish numbers only tell part of the story.

Excellent decision making has always been key for Huchingson, who rarely makes mistakes – highlighted by his 29 touchdown throws compared to a mere five interceptions in 12 games in 2019, which equates to a 5.8-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

“I think the most important thing for that is just my coach has just drilled into me the good, don’t try and force anything,” Huchingson said. “Just make the right decision each play, and I think that helps a lot with limiting interceptions last year.”

Now, during this extended offseason, Huchingson is putting in all of the effort over these next few months.

Huchingson said he’s added 20 pounds since the start of the lockdown – a credit to the effort and care he has in the weight room throughout the week.

“I think the biggest thing is my arm strength has gotten a lot stronger, just I’ve added a lot of weight, so it’s just getting a lot easier to get some zip on the ball and get it out there,” Huchingson said.

Multiple FCS schools and Division III schools have reached out to Huchingson, who said those conversations are going well.

In the meantime, Huchingson is looking to accomplish even more at Acalanes.

“Obviously I think the main goal for us is undefeated,” Huchingson said. “We want to win league and we want to win the conference. That’s pretty much it for our goals I think.”

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