Athlete of the Week: Bulldogs benefit from QB Hunter McHargue’s improved play
By Bill Tamburrino
The 2012 Ramona High School football team is much improved from the 2011 team, and one of the biggest reasons for the big turnaround is the play of quarterback Hunter McHargue.
The Dawgs have won five games and with a win this week, they can finish the season with a 6-4 record and second place in the Palomar League, despite playing what many believe is the toughest schedule in the section.
In just nine games McHargue has improved his numbers from 2011’s 11-game schedule. McHargue has improved in completions, passing percentage, yards passing, passing yards per game, touchdowns, and longest pass of the season.
Last week McHargue had his best game of the season. He completed eight of 12 passes with one drop for 136 yards. He had touchdown tosses of 61 yards and 15 yards, and a quarterback rating of 126.4—a career high. For his efforts, McHargue is the Ramona Sentinel Athlete of the Week.
McHargue did not start playing football until his freshman year. He started at quarterback in the first game that he played in. He has a 3.2 grade point average and plans on attending Arizona State University. He says that his parents, Scott and Sharon, have been very supportive in all of his endeavors.
When asked what were the keys to the big team turnaround, McHargue had this to say: “You have to give a big shout out to the offensive line. They have done a great job of protection. We are playing more as a team this year. We know each other and have respect for each other. We are like a big family.”
When asked what the keys were to his individual turnaround, Hunter answered, “I understand the offense better. I go through my reads and pre-snap reads better. And coach (Billy) Clark has been a great help. If I have a question about anything, he knows the answer or he goes and gets the answer. He asks me what I want to work on and he tells me what I need to work on. The final answer is usually feet. He has a lot of drills to improve my footwork.”
McHargue has spread the love in the passing game. He has hit 12 different receivers and six different receivers have caught touchdown passes. When asked how this has happened, McHargue explained: “All of our receivers are good receivers. They are well coached and they all know how to get open and catch the ball. I have improved on my ability to read defenses and know how to find the open receiver.”
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