It’s hard to find a flaw in Skyler Beck’s game.
The Brooks quarterback doesn’t miss his target often. He has completed a reliable 79 percent of his passes for 2,066 yards and 26 touchdowns and has thrown four interceptions while leading Brooks (10-1) into tonight’s second-round playoff game at Munford (7-3).
Above all, there’s one thing at which he said he’s improved most that has led to his special senior season.
“Mostly, I’m just making reads better,” Beck said. “Last year, if the first read wasn’t there, I’d just pull it down and run it. This year, I’ve been able to check down, see all my receivers and go through the progressions.”
That’s not to say he’s not still making plays with his legs.
Back has rushed for 461 yards and five scores this season, bringing his touchdown total to 35 on the year.
The stat that impresses his coach most, though, is the quarterback’s low turnover ratio.
“You can just look at that and see that he is making decisions better,” Brooks coach Jerry Hill said. “He studies the game so much. He watches a lot of film. It’s unreal how much he prepares himself. He’s improved as a student of the game.”
Arguably the highlight of Beck’s season so far came in a 55-49 win at Colbert County two weeks ago in Brooks’ regular-season finale.
He passed for a career-high 456 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns, six passing and one rushing.
“That was a big victory,” Beck said. “It gave us some momentum heading into the playoffs. My receivers just ran their routes and got open. A lot of those were short passes they made plays on. And I can’t give enough credit to our offensive line. They had some shaky moments at the beginning of the year, but they’ve worked really hard and improved tremendously.”
Beck’s performance in a 42-35 comeback win against Central also sticks out to Hill. The quarterback had a modest 108 yards passing in that one, but completed 10 of his 13 attempts and threw a game-winning 19-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining to cap a Lions comeback from down 35-21 in the fourth quarter.
“He was under a lot of pressure all game, but he showed a lot of poise and moved around in the pocket liked he’s supposed to,” Hill said. “His composure was great. It was probably the biggest difference in us winning both of those games.
“He has three or four options on every route. It’s very rare to see a high school kid get to his third read, but he’s been able to do that for us.”
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