J.T. Daniels wasn't asked to make any difficult throws in the second half of a Trinity League matchup against Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic. In fact, he was only asked to make one shovel pass in the final 24 minutes.
The 2019 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback had already done his damage in the first half when he passed for more than 300 yards and seven touchdowns to put the Monarchs ahead 56-0. They won 63-14 with the offense content to just hand the ball off and run the clock in the second half rather than ask Daniels to do any more.
He had already sliced and diced the Santa Margarita defense. The Eagles tried to pressure him constantly. They got two sacks early and continued to bring blitz after blitz. That was a mistake.
Daniels calmly orchestrated the offense. He often picked up on where the pressure was coming. He changed plays at the line of scrimmage, altered blocking schemes and re-directed his receivers routes. Then he spotted dimes that only his receivers could snag. They helped him out by turning some short catches into long gains, but that was partly credit to Daniels as well. Knowing pressure was coming, he got rid of passes quickly and gave his wideouts one-on-one opportunities to beat a defender. It was clinical and there was nothing Santa Margarita could do.
Watch J.T. Daniels' highlights against Santa Margarita above.
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