The Centurions of University City (UC), led by senior quarterback Gunnar Gray, are looking to get into the win column this week as they host the Knights from Bishops (La Jolla). UC suffered a season opening lost to Valhalla, last week, and with the Knights visiting in week 2, the Centurions look to rely on their senior quarterback to help get things going at UC.
Gunnar Gray, a 4-year varsity letter men, 3-year starter, 3 star recruit, and is arguably the best quarterback in San Diego’s 2020 graduating class. At 6’4 200lbs, and still growing, Gunnar has all that you look for in a prototypical D1 quarterback. He has good size, a big arm, he’s throws accurate balls, he’s poised in the pocket, makes good decisions with the ball and is a high IQ football guy. Each year, Gunnar has shown progression by improving on his numbers from the previous season and his career totals are 6,684 total passing yards, with a 60% completion rate, that includes 72 passing touchdown and a total QBR of 120.7.
(Gunnar Gray in-game photo)
Last week’s stumble comes as no surprise to the senior as Centurions graduated a lot of talent in the 2019 class and has a fairly young team.
“We graduated a lot of seniors and we’re really young. Last week’s game was just guys adapting to the varsity experience. The varsity level is completely different than the JV level with things being a lot faster and quicker. Now that we have that first game under our belt guys are going to really step it up and show what we really can do as a team.”
Tonight, would be the perfect night for the Centurions’ youth to prove that they’re adapting well to the game because on the other side of the ball the Bishop Knights bring their own high-powered offense and highly touted quarterback. Bishops junior quarterback Tyler Buchner is a 4-star athlete and Notre Dame commit that has gotten national exposure as one of the best in the 2021 class. He’s accompanied by athletes Amaan Banks and Clarence Freeman who are both on college level recruits as well. The Knights are also coming off an 18-7 win over La Jolla in the season opener and look to extend their streak to two games.
With both teams possessing high powered offenses complimented with talented athletes, the game within the game will not center around the offenses but more so around both quarterbacks. Both are top quarterbacks in San Diego and both QB’s project well at the next level and both will be 4-year varsity guys. However, the biggest difference is that Gunnar is proven on the field and has delivered all 4 years while Buchner impressed as a freshmen but was sidelined his sophomore year due to injury. According to Gunnar, it doesn’t matter who has the better stat line because there is only one match-up and one way to come out on top.
“[Competing versus another top QB] is always on the back of the head. He’s going to work their offense and do what they do but I can’t do anything about that because I don’t play defense. I just have to focus on getting my job done and doing what I have to do to help my team win. Getting the win is the most important thing. I could throw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns but it won’t prove anything by having better numbers, we have to win,” explains Gunnar.
In the past 10 years the Centurions have faced off against the Knights 3 times. Bishops is ahead in their match-ups, 2 wins to 1, with the latest win coming in the semi-finals of the 2015 D4 playoffs. However, these are two completely different teams with different athletes facing off tomight. We have two explosive offenses and two top quarterbacks dueling it out. Gunnar Gray has been at the helm for the Centurions these past for years. He’s seen the high and he’s seen the lows. He is battle tested and ready to lead his team to their first victory. Come out tonight and watch as he leads the the Centurions versus the Knights.