Future Bronco QB Is Off To A Fast Start

Paradise Valley HS QB Ryan Finley (Phoenix, AZ) has led his team to two fourth quarter comebacks to start the 2012 season as expectations continue to rise for the Trojans. They defeated powerhouse Saguaro at the buzzer & then followed that up with a win over Coconino as they scored a TD to take the lead with only 10 seconds left. So, what's next for Ryan Finley & Paradise Valley?

Paradise Valley HS QB Ryan Finley (Phoenix, AZ) has led his team to two fourth quarter comebacks to start the 2012 season as expectations continue to rise for the Trojans. They defeated powerhouse Saguaro at the buzzer and then followed that up with a win over Coconino as they scored a TD to take the lead with only 10 seconds left. So, what's next for Paradise Valley?

"The win over Saguaro was a statement for our program," he said. "They've won like four state championships in a row and our defense really did a great job of holding an explosive offense in check. It was just a great win for our program."

"The TD against Coconino came on a crazy play," he stated. "We had a really complex route situation and the ball got tipped by a defender. Our receiver got tripped up on the play, but managed to catch the ball off the tip."

"We have Liberty next week," said Finley. "They're really good. I believe they finished 10-2 or so last year. They are real quick, not too big, but all of their guys can run. We'll have to be ready." (Publisher update: Liberty would pull away from Paradise Valley in the second half to hand the Trojans their first loss of the season.)

In 2011, Paradise Valley finished the season with a 4-6 record. Not good on paper but it could have easily been 8-2 as there were a number of close games that simply didn't go their way.

"We had the team to go 8-2," he said. "We made some mistakes, lost some shootouts, and there were plenty of games where the final score was like 50-49," he added.

But what's the biggest difference between the 2011 campaign and the early portion of 2012? The future Bronco gives all of the praise to Head Coach Chris Petersen and QBs Coach Jonathan Smith.

"What definitely helped me was going to the Boise State camp," he said. "I got some minor physical pointers for my game and got much stronger mentally. I know to throw the ball away and not force it into tight coverage. It's really the little things like that. The mental-aspect is where I've progressed the most."

"I spoke to them before the game on Friday," said Finley. "Coach Petersen messaged me from East Lansing, wished me luck, and I said 'Go Broncos.' Coach Petersen and Coach Smith will be coming down for the game against Liberty on Thursday."

So, can the Trojans bring home a state title this year?

"I think we can definitely win state if we keep playing well," he said. "The team just has to keep coming together. I think we have a good shot at doing some damage in the playoffs, but for now we have to focus on each game one at a time."

Through two games, Finley has 698 passing yards, 6 TDs, and 1 INT.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Ryan Finley.



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