It can’t be easy following Johnny Manziel’s footsteps at Kerrville (Texas) Tivy. Not after Johnny Football capped his Antlers career with 11,878 total yards and 155 touchdowns, won the Heisman Trophy at nearby Texas A&M the following year and went in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Not easy, that is, unless you’re Cade Dyal, who not only has the name to carry Manziel’s torch, but also has the game. After completing 21-of-35 attempts for 500 yards and six touchdowns against district rival Boerne-Champion over the weekend, Dyal’s 80 career touchdown passes surpassed the Cleveland Browns quarterback’s school record, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
The preseason Class 5A Player of the Year as named by the great Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, Dyal reportedly needs 952 passing yards to surpass Manziel’s career mark of 7,626 passing yards. Considering Dyal has at least five regular-season games left and amassed 1,474 passing yards through his team’s first five contests, it’s a safe bet he’ll catch the Kerrville Tivy legend again.
We’ll let current Tivy senior wideout Hutch White explain the significance, as he did in the paper.
“Coming (after) someone like Johnny — who could do it all, run and throw — trying to back that up, I couldn’t even imagine. But he’s done a great job.”
While Manziel was heavily recruited by the Aggies, Dyal reportedly received his first offer from Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville, where his father Mike Dyal played before spending four NFL seasons as a tight end on the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
Cade Dyal isn’t quite the dual-threat Manziel was, as the latter rushed for more yards in each of his final two prep seasons than the former has in his career, but the current Tivy QB has a chance to do something else Johnny Football never could — bring a state championship home to Kerrville.
Manziel led the Antlers as far as the Class 4A Division II state semifinals as a junior. Tivy has reached the state quarterfinals six times since 2002, including last season, but the school hasn’t reached the title game since 1936 and hasn’t ever taken home a championship trophy.
This season, Dyal has the Antlers 5-0, averaging 57.8 points per game. The road to a title won’t be easy in Texas’ Class 5A division, but for Dyal, emerging from Manziel’s shadow never has been.