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Even during times when Justin-Siena senior quarterback Hudson Beers hated the game and wanted to quit, there was one person who would never let him quit.
Whenever Beers had had enough, his mother wouldn’t let him give in to giving up. Quitting was never an option.
“My mom is the biggest one I think other than coaches,” Beers said. “She’s my rock, and she’s encouraged me. And when I hated it and wanted to quit she forced me to go in. She’s my biggest supporter and No. 1 fan.”
Never quitting is just what Beers did, and he’s been a star during his time as a Justin-Siena Brave – as teammates pointed out right from the onset of his varsity career.
Beers was pulled up for the playoffs, a time when teammates noticed the potential in him as the future quarterback and leader of the Justin-Siena offense.
“Even though I wasn’t playing, they were like, ‘You’re the guy. You’re the next great one here.’ And I think after sophomore year and then junior year the way I played is when I definitely realized, ‘Hey, I could move on with this,’” Beers said.
As the starting quarterback in 2019, Beers thrived.
In an offense that averaged 20.6 points per game, Beers tossed for 2,942 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a Braves squad that went 8-4 and appeared in the North Coast Section Division VI semifinals before falling to Kennedy-Richmond.
And those gaudy numbers ranked among the best in the North Coast Section and California as a whole. Those 2,942 passing yards were No. 44 in California and are the most among returning players in the North Coast Section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps, while his 30 touchdown strikes are tied for the second-most among returning NCS quarterbacks.
Beers followed that up with a resilient effort in the 2021 spring opener. After an interception in the first half, Beers responded with multiple big completions and finished with 157 yards in a 7-0 victory over Petaluma.
He credits those around him at Justin-Siena for the success.
“Definitely my teammates with their momentum and encouragement, and then my offensive coordinator, coach Treblow,” Beers said. “He’s been there for me since my freshman year, even though I wasn’t under him directly. But he’s played a huge part of my development.”
Although Beers received two Division III offers from McPherson and Whittier early in the recruiting process, he said once the dead period happened his recruitment – like many in a similar position – took a hit.
Now, Beers has decided to go the junior college route, talking with El Camino in Southern California, American River and Sacramento and then a call over the weekend with Santa Rosa.
All Beers wants is an opportunity.
“Definitely the idea of playing in college is my biggest motivation,” Beers said. “Winning it for my teammates and hopefully getting a chance to play at the next level.”
Before that opportunity arises, though, Beers wanted to build on what’s been a sensation varsity career and make some history.
“I think the biggest goal is just win out, play to the best of our abilities and try to win the league,” Beers said. “That’s something we haven’t done here in a long time, but I think we have the talent to do it.”
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