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2022 Football Preview: Top 10 Quarterbacks
Pure passers, dual-threats, and winners define our list
Published: 8/17/2022 11:43:17 AM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster
brandon@idahosports.com
 

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As we head towards a new football season in the fall of 2022, IdahoSports.com is getting fans ready by unveiling the Top 10 players at each position.  These lists feature players from all corners of the state, and from all six classification levels.  Each week, we'll publish a new list of Top 10 players.  Here's the schedule:


July 7 (Offensive Linemen)

July 13 (Defensive Linemen)

July 20 (Running Backs)

July 27 (Linebackers)

August 3 (Wide Receivers/Tight Ends)

August 10 (Defensive Backs)

August 17 (Quarterbacks)


Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Quarterbacks to watch out for in 2022.  These selections have been made by the editorial staff at IdahoSports.com, and are listed in alphabetical order by school.  We made these selections based on a number of factors, including: returning All-State or All-Conference pedigree, college recruiting hype, and the good old-fashioned eye test.


Korbin McCarney, Borah (Sr.)

On the surface, McCarney's numbers may seem modest compared to others on this list.  But when you consider he played with the Southern Idaho Conference rushing leader last year (senior running back Parker Rushton) the stats take on new context.  McCarney has been a starter since his sophomore year, and completed 64% of his passes last year for 1,822 yards and 14 touchdowns.


Gage Vasquez, Firth (Sr.)

Vasquez has been a varsity contributor at Firth for so long, it feels like he's been there for seven years.  In reality, Vasquez enters his senior season as a true dual-threat QB.  A standout wrestler, Vasquez is elusive and an expert at avoiding the pass rush.  In 2021, he threw for 1,610 yards 18 touchdowns and added 499 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. 


Riply Luna, Kellogg (Sr.)

Luna had the most passing yards of any QB on this list in 2021 (it doesn't hurt that he can throw the ball to his twin brother, Kolby Luna, who made our Top 10 WR/TE list).  Luna completed 62% of his passes for 2,597 yards a year ago.  He also posted an otherworldly 37 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.


Ty Koepp, Kendrick (Jr.)

Koepp has been the QB1 at Kendrick since the first day of his freshman year, and as a sophomore, piloted Kendrick to the 1AD2 championship.  The only underclassmen to make our list, Koepp piled up 2,379 total yards last year, and scored 46 total touchdowns.


Cole Luekenga, Kuna (Sr.)

Luekenga flew under the radar during a sub-.500 season at Kuna last year, but make no mistake: the 6-foot-2, 210 pound senior can sling it.  Luekenga threw for 2,396 yards, 25 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions in 2021.


Dawson Wahl, Mountain View (Sr.)

As a sophomore, Wahl was pressed into emergency duty during the Mavericks' first round playoff game when regular starter Jake Farris was injured, and he capably led the Mavs to the win.  Last year, as the full-time starter, Wahl completed 63% of his passes for 1,509 yards.  You might be thinking: 1,509 yards doesn't seem like much.  But Wahl made his throws count: he tossed 16 touchdowns and just 1 interception.


Tegan Sweaney, Rocky Mountain (Sr.)

Sweaney brings good size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) and agility to the position.  Sweaney could just as easily line up at wide receiver or running back and excel there, too.  The best part of Sweaney's game?  The throws he doesn't make.  Sweaney is great at not forcing the action, and simply taking what the defense gives him.  That skill set leads to the only stat Rocky Mountain fans and coaches care about: lots and lots of victories.


Parker Pettit, Sandpoint (Sr.)

A starter since his sophomore season, Pettit threw for 1,589 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  Like many QBs on this list, the stats don't necessarily jump off the page, but that's because Pettit had All-State running back Gerrit Cox sharing the load.  Now that Cox has graduated, expect Pettit's numbers to take a significant jump forward in 2022.


Lachlan Haacke, Skyline (Sr.)

Haacke started at quarterback for the first time in 2021, and he set the bar high for himself: 2,368 yards, 35 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and a 4A state championship.  With recent Oregon Ducks commit Kenyon Sadiq at wide receiver, and Haacke spinning the ball at quarterback, Skyline has the potential to run it back for their third consecutive state title.


Max Cutforth, Skyview (Sr.)

Cutforth is one of Idaho's highest ranked quarterbacks in the Class of 2023, and its easy to see why.  The 6-foot-2, 195 pound senior completed 61% of his passes for 2,180 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago.  Now that Skyview has moved down to the Class 4A ranks, it will be interesting to watch Cutforth and the Hawks compete all year long.









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