The all-time record-holder is arguably the nation’s finest sophomore quarterback. The second-most prolific passer in Washington history had a record-breaking career earlier this decade at the University of Idaho. And the third-ranked passing quarterback this state has ever seen just happens to be the second-best signal-caller (behind Jake Heaps) that legendary coach Steve Gervais has ever coached.
So the fact that Tri-Cities Prep quarterback Will Hoppes is even mentioned with the likes of Boise State’s Kellen Moore (Prosser, 2007 graduate), former Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren (DeSales, ’99) and Bobby Lucht (Eatonville, ’95) is pretty heavy praise. But it’s all deserved, as the 6-foot,185-pounder tied Lucht for third all-time — regardless of classification — in terms of career touchdown passes with his 132nd in last week’s Class 1B semifinal win over Cusick.
Hoppes is the state’s career record holder in eight-man football for passing yards, total yards, touchdowns, and completions. You can check him out at 4 p.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome, when Tri-Cities Prep (10-2, both losses to Oregon schools) faces Lummi (9-3) in a rematch of a September contest that the Pasco-based Jaguars won by 50 points.