With 111 career touchdown passes under his belt, Chase Cord is just 19 short of 130, a mark set by Luke Rubenzer during his time at Saguaro from 2011-13.
How does the 6-foot-4, 195-pound gunslinger feel about being within striking distance of such a prestigious record?
“I’m both ways about it,” Cord told BroncoCountry Wednesday evening. “It would be cool to break that record, obviously anyone would love to do so, but at the end of the day I’m focused on getting better.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play college football, and when that rolls around, the record is not worth anything outside of high school. I just want to help the team anyway I can.”
That has been Cord’s mentality since he committed to the Broncos in May; his Mustang squad comes before individual desires. The team-oriented focus has paid dividends as Sunrise Mountain is 4-0 on the season, a mark that surprises many people outside of the program.
“We’ve had some good matchups, but we’ve pulled through on some close games,” Cord said. “We played our neighborhood rivalry Liberty and pulled it out in a great game.”
Cord spent the offseason rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was cleared to return just before the season began, and immediately went to work behind an offensive line that featured five brand new starters. Everyone bought into the team concept, and the Mustangs hit the ground running.
Despite the many things working against Sunrise Mountain, Cord has completed 49 of 94 passes for 12 touchdowns and one interception. He has added 64 yards and three scores on the ground.
“My knee is good,” Cord said. “I’m still going to speed and performance training to maintain things. Just coming back off an injury that had me out for so long, I’ve had to deal with little tweaks here and there with other muscles and parts of my body. It’s part of the recovery. I’m not 100%, but I’m getting there.
“I’d like to see what that 100% looks like.”
Cord was never a run-first quarterback by any means, but the injury has changed the way he plays. It’s more than just a matter of protecting himself, but rather a means to the desired end of winning as a team.
“It’s changed a little bit of who I am,” he said. “The last three years I was a pretty aggressive runner. But I’m playing smarter now. I’m not supposed to be the guy getting in there and mixing it up all the time.”
The Sunrise Mountain Mustangs face a stiff test this weekend as they host the defending state 2A champion and currently undefeated Saguaro Sabercats.
“We’re excited about this one,” Cord said.
Cord is adamant that he has fully ended his recruitment and looks forward to being a Bronco – after his high school career comes to an end.
“I’ve gotten a little bit of interest here and there,” he said. “After the commitment I’ve talked to a few coaches about why I picked Boise, but over the past few months the calls and interest have not come in nearly as much.
“I said I wanted to close my recruitment, and that’s where I’m at. I wanted to focus on my knee and work on improving and helping my team.”
Cord has his official visit to Boise tentatively scheduled for October 14-16.