Austyn Modrzewski shows why he’s one of Colorado’s top QB recruits

CASTLE ROCK — As Mountain Vista trailed early in the second quarter of Friday’s rivalry game against Rock Canyon, Golden Eagles coach Garrett Looney threw down the gauntlet with star quarterback Austyn Modrzewski.

“We might have to score 60 for the win, but I think we can score 70,” Looney challenged Modrzewski and the Mountain Vista wideouts in the huddle on the sideline. “I really do. Now, let’s cut out the mistakes and go do it.”

Modrzewski threw a TD less than a minute later, giving Class 5A No. 9 Mountain Vista its first lead of the night. The Golden Eagles didn’t look back, and neither did Modrzewski, whose play highlighted a 37-14 win over the Jaguars at Douglas County Stadium.

While Mountain Vista struggled early, and tempers flared with an ejection on each team in the first half, Modrzewski stayed calm. His offense averaged 45.3 points per game coming in, and they put on another Air Raid clinic behind Modrzewski’s powerful arm and his slew of talented wideouts.

Even with star senior wideout CJ Reese sidelined due to an ankle injury, and senior do-everything Carter Daniels knocked out in the first quarter with a knee injury, Modrzewski found cracks in Rock Canyon’s defense. One of the state’s top prospects in the Class of 2025 lived up to his recruiting profile, finishing with three TDs and over 250 yards passing. He consistently sliced the secondary with threaded seam passes, well-timed screens dialed up by Looney and numerous deep bombs.

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