COSTA MESA – The two quarterbacks that will represent the South football team in the Orange County All-Star Game are big talents from small schools.
Joey Gutierrez of Brethren Christian and Cade Henjum of Saddleback Valley Christian were consistently atop the county’s passing leaderboards during the 2016 season. Now, both quarterbacks are excited to show what they can do against the best players in the county.
“We are kind of representing small schools,” Henjum said. “We get to show our talent with some guys from bigger schools. It’s a perfect time to showcase our talent.”
Pat McInally, Brethren Christian’s coach and the head coach for the South in the Friday, June 30 all-star contest at Orange Coast College, called it “a great opportunity to show people that we play real football at the small schools.”
“When everyone sees these quarterbacks,” he added, “they will understand that.”
McInally coached Gutierrez’ at Brethren Christian and knows he can compete with the top quarterbacks in the county. Gutierrez completed 74 percent of his passes last season for 2,074 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Warriors finished with a 9-1 record, their one loss being a forfeit.
Gutierrez is familiar with the offense McInally and his staff plan to use in the game. He and Henjum have quickly developed a rapport, and Gutierrez has been instrumental in helping Henjum learn the offense.
“We are becoming really close,” Gutierrez said. “I’m trying to build a brotherhood with him (Henjum) because he is a really good guy. He’s a good quarterback who will do good things at the next level.”
Henjum noted that “(Gutierrez) has been super helpful” and that he feels as if he is “picking the system up pretty quickly.”
He threw for 3,613 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2016. He also ran for 1,267 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In a game Sept. 30 against Boron, he broke the school’s single-game passing record by throwing for 483 yards. The record had been held…