Jake Browning woke up Friday morning not sure what to expect.
He would make his varsity quarterback debut that night against Woodcreek of Roseville, a playoff regular, and a program sure to send the house to disrupt the Folsom High School spread known to detonate on even the best of teams.
"I thought I might get hit a few times, get drilled, go home to bed and be in pain," Browning said.
There was some drilling, to be sure.
In his varsity debut, Browning did the unthinkable, passing for 689 yards and a national-record tying 10 touchdowns in a 68-28 pinball victory over Woodcreek. The yards represent the second most in national prep history, according to the National Federation of high school records, and the 10 TDs obliterated the regional record of eight by Kevin Tinney of Kennedy against Cordova in 1987, a listed by Cal-Hi Sports.
Folsom coaches originally had Browning going for 686 yards, then reviewed film. Three more yards. Browning, already a stickler for detail, said he compiled three pages of notes in breaking down his own film. What'd he write? Various forms of "perfect?"
"You can always get better, improve," he said.
And the hits? None. Browning did not suffer a single sack and was intercepted just once in 56 attempts.
"I owe those guys some dinner; (Woodcreek) brought six or seven guys all the time and we blocked them all with five," Browning said of his offensive line mates Richardson raved about his offensive line of Josh Wormley, Reed Garmsen, Dalton Bledsoe, Mike D'Ottavio and Cody Creason.
And the receivers? At least some snacks. Phillip Carter had 10 catches for 318 yards and five touchdowns, Lucas Owan had 13 for 236 and two and Troy Knox 8 for 102 and two.
Browning is already sounding the part of leader. The nature of social media - Facebook and Twitter - is two-fold. Browning's monster effort was a trending topic Friday night and made national news, including ESPN. The flip side was how the quarterback he beat out for the job was savaged on Twitter and Facebook for not sticking out the season.
Taylor Miller-Wing, by all accounts a talented passer himself, elected to turn in his gear late this week, disappointed that he did not win the starting job and also feeling as if he lost his luster for the game, his coaches said.
"I don't think it's far (the criticism)," Browning said. "He's a nice guy, a good quarterback. He made his decision, and if people agree with it or not, that's his decision. I'd love to have him stick around. We pushed each other. He was the reason I kept improving."
Browning said he has learned a great deal about the craft of quarterbacking from Folsom co-coach Troy Taylor, also his longtime position mentor with weekend tutorial sessions.
With co-coach Kris Richardson working with the offensive line and not having to focus so much on play calling, Browning sized up the combination in a word.
"Lethal," he said.
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