Reece Metcalf could make Golden Aces football history tonight. The junior quarterback will probably own the school season passing yardage record by the end of the evening.
Metcalf has thrown for 1,958 yards heading into tonight’s regular-season finale against visiting Mount Vernon. He is only 51 yards away from breaking the mark of 2,008 yards set by Luke Drone in 2002.
Drone set the record in 14 games, which included an appearance in the state championship game that year. Metcalf, in the Aces new pass-happy spread offense, has put his total up in only eight games.
“You would never dream that he could possibly break Luke Drone’s record in nine regular-season games,” said Aces coach Darren Peach.
Metcalf has completed 129 of 214 passes, for a completion percentage of just over 60 percent. He has thrown for 18 touchdowns, and has been intercepted six times. He has been sacked only once all year.
He has thrown for over 300 yards in a game twice. His only real struggle came in the seventh week, when a combination of Vincennes Lincoln’s defense and the torrential rain that fell most of the night limited Metcalf to only 45 yards in the air.
Metcalf’s yardage total is the third highest in Illinois, according to maxpreps.com, behind Coy Dorothy of West Hancock (2,515 yards), and Jacob Mammosser of Rock Falls (2,129). The total ranks him 113th in the country as well, according to the web site.
“He’s put up some great numbers, but more importantly, we’ve picked up 5 wins,” Peach said. “Numbers don’t mean anything if you don’t come up with some wins.”
Metcalf has already set one school record. His 39 pass attempts on opening night against Harrisburg broke the 1980 record held by John Rafferty, also against Harrisburg.