October 20, 2008

Pachall having career year

Brownwood, Texas quarterback Casey Pachall had somewhat of a sophomore slump in his second year as a starter in 2007 throwing for 1,339 yards with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. This came after a big sophomore campaign when he totaled over 2,600 yards of total offense and 26 scores.

Although some felt before the season that he may struggle again, they are throwing that notion away as fast as Pachall throws touchdown passes. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound gunslinger has thrown for 1,964 yards and 25 touchdowns in just seven games. He has two 400-yard passing games and two 6 touchdown pass performances. The nation's 9th rated dual threat has also added 451 yards and 6 scores on the ground.

Last week in the 56-26 win over district foe Breckenridge, Pachall amassed 502 yards of total offense and 7 scores. More importantly it helped move the Lions to a third place tie with Snyder in district 2-3A.

"Pre-district we had a tough start." he said. "It didn't go over well with us after the losses, but right now we feel like we're about to turn the season around and get things going in the right direction. Right now we're tied for third in district."

This week the Lions travel to Graham to face off against Case McCoy(Colt's little brother) and the Steers. A win over the Steers will move the Lions one step closer to the post-season.

"A win is real important," Pachall said. "It will get us moving in the right direction and it will throw us to 2-1, which we only have to win two of these next three to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. And a win Friday night will help a lot with that because the last game in district we have Snyder which is going to be a really tough one. Going into that game we want to focus on getting prepared for the playoffs and not whether we win or lose will determine the fate of our season."

One of the players Pachall has high praise for is his receiver Parker Taylor. And why not, Taylor, Brownwood's all-time leading receiver, hauled in 8 catches for 295 yards and 3 score last week.

"It's really nice (to have Parker)," Pachall said. "There's a lot of times when I start to get in trouble and all I have to do is lob it up and he'll make a play for me."

Although he is in the midst of his senior season at Brownwood, it's easy to forget that Pachall will be in Ft. Worth in just a couple of months competing on the college level. For Pachall though, he hasn't took much time to think about it.

"I'm still graduating early, I already have everything good. The coaches have told me my application is good and I'm all set there. I really haven't thought about it too much only because I'm really focusing on the season. But, when I do start to think about it I think it's crazy that in two months I'm about to be through with high school and already starting college."

Like other recruits, Pachall wasn't fortunate enough to make the Thursday night game against BYU but was in front of the tube to watch the Frogs win.

"I did watch it on T.V.," he said. "I thought it was real high intensity in all aspects of the game for TCU. It was just a great win overall."

Pachall was also impressed with where his future team landed in the initial BCS rankings at #14.

"It's real nice to know I'm going to a school that is ranked that high right now. Especially from where they've been."

Pachall continues to maintain a strong relationship with the other TCU commits and hopes they will be able to join him on the sideline this week when the Frogs host Wyoming.

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