In Perry Hall’s complex, no-huddle offense, a quarterback doesn’t usually hit his stride until his second season as a starter. Tyler Holley, who started last year as a junior, has certainly found his comfort zone this fall, throwing for 1,222 yards in the first four games.
“He’s always been a leader even as a young kid,” Gators coach Keith Robinson said. “He was our quarterback on the JV two years ago that went 10-0 and won the county championship. He was one of the main players on the state championship basketball team, so leadership is kind of in his DNA and he’s such a phenomenal athlete. Some of these plays he’s making on the football field are outside the scope of our design. Some of the things he’s doing, you’re like, ‘Wow. That’s not how we drew it up, but we’ll take it.’”
In Saturday’s 49-42 loss to Milford Mill, Holley was 17-for-28 for 326 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, he has completed 52 of 80 passes with 13 touchdowns. A dual-threat quarterback, the 6-foot-4, 183-pound Holley has also run for 263 yards and four touchdowns.
He averages 23.5 yards per completion and hasn’t thrown an interception this fall as the Gators (2-2) have rolled up 165 points.
“He just has a better grasp of how to read defenses and he understands the offense better as a second-year guy,” Robinson said. “The picture, defensively everything has slowed down a little bit and he’s a tremendously confident athlete, so he knows when something breaks down that he can take off and run. He’s a confident kid and he’s fearless, too.”
Most of the time, however, Holley is hitting one of his stellar receiving targets with DJ Cloude hauling in 14 passes for 393 yards and seven touchdowns and Xavier George catching 12 passes for 361 yards and five touchdowns. Keon Brown also has 13 catches.
Thursday football this week
Because of Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown Friday, most public school football teams will play on Thursday this week.
Games in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties will be on Thursday. Baltimore City home games will be played on Friday but will start no later than 3:45 p.m. Harford County games are scheduled for Friday night.
One Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association game has moved to Thursday — John Carroll at Boys’ Latin.