Rogers High School senior Grayson Madland, who split time at quarterback with Stefan Van Horn last year, is the Rams’ undisputed leader this fall.
He has 23 touchdown passes nine rushing scores through eight games, and Rogers head coach Gene Bowen said Madland has amassed close to 2,200 yards in total offense.
The numbers are staggering, but they’re just half of the story.
Madland is the kind of guy any coach would want leading their program, Bowen said.
“He is such a class act beyond the football field,” Bowen said. “How he carries himself, the things he does on the field, and how he picks the guys up around him are some of the many great things he brings to the program.
“Sometimes that can be stressful and can weigh down a player, but it hasn’t affected Grayson. He’s great at maximizing everything he can for the team with his work ethic. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody.”
Grayson’s older brother Graham was the starting quarterback for the Rams in 2010. Graham is now an assistant coach with the Emerald Ridge football program, and Grayson said he’s always tried to emulate his brother’s mode of operation.
“My brother always has been someone I have kind of aspired to be,” Grayson said. “He was a great leader when he played here and a great role model for me. I try to be like him as much as I can.”
Bowen has had several good quarterbacks come through his program in recent years. Tyler Van Sligtenhorst (2008), Dalton Gervais (2009), Graham Madland (2010) and Stefan Van Horn (2011-12) have all made their marks.
Grayson Madland is no different.
“Obviously, every single one of them brought something different to the table,” Bowen said. “When you talk about leadership, off the field and the guys rallying around him, Grayson is right up there with the best of them.”
Madland’s biggest improvement from his junior year to his senior season has been accuracy. He’s completed 65 percent of his passes this fall.
“Grayson put in a lot of work with our quarterbacks coach Tyler Van Sligtenhorst and receivers coach Brett McKechnie,” Bowen said. “Those guys work really close together. The receivers and Grayson have their timing down. They know where the holes in the defense are going to be and are catching the ball well.”
Madland said his receivers make his job easy.
“They’re awesome guys and have a tremendous amount of talent,” he said. “I’m really happy they’re on my side. They have speed and run crisp routes.
“I have a great group of hardworking players and coaches around me. This season has been rewarding. I’ve always got room for improvement. I’m hoping to continue to improve through the rest of the year and see where that takes me.”