Gabe Matthews is becoming the type of passer who strikes fear in defensive backs.
The South Salem High School senior quarterback developed his skills as a passer to look past his first and second reads out of the spread offense and throw to his open receivers.
In Thursday’s 56-14 win against Sprague he was 17 of 29 passing for 225 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another touchdown.
Through six games this season, Matthews has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,217 yards and 22 touchdowns against two interceptions, and rushed for 242 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries.
This is the rest of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Mid-Valley football watch list.
Bishop Mitchell, Kennedy football: The junior running back rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Thursday’s 14-6 win against Regis.
Joseph Carey, South Salem football: The senior receiver caught seven passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday’s 56-14 win against Sprague.
Kolby Barker, McNary football: The junior lineman had four sacks in the Celtics’ 51-28 win against Forest Grove.
Daniel Hendrix, Santiam Christian football: The senior quarterback was 9 of 22 passing for 168 yards and one touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Thursday’s 19-18 win against Taft.
Bryce Piete, Regis football: The junior quarterback was 6 of 20 passing for 118 yards and rushed for a touchdown in Thursday’s 14-6 loss to Kennedy.
Kyle Schwarm: Stayton football: The senior quarterback was 12 of 26 passing for 151 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Thursday’s 21-9 win against North Marion.
Peter Mendazona, Central football: The sophomore quarterback was 18 of 30 passing for 238 yards and four touchdowns in Thursday’s 36-35 loss to Lebanon.