By Victoria Stafford
Photos by Kevin McInnis (ScoreStream.com)
The vibrant stadium lights, the buzzing excitement from the stands, the sensational adrenaline rush on the field…all of this is just a regular Friday night for Logan High superstar Hunter Horsley. The latest in the Grizzly quarterback legacy, Horsley has been instrumental in maintaining his team’s undefeated region record through sheer dedication and perseverance.
The senior has been deemed a formidable threat on the offensive front, with an impressive total of 3,139 passing and 2,086 rushing yards and 58 total touchdowns through his high school football career.
“I love it,” said Horsley of football. “During the game, it’s all fun. It normally takes a series or two to get settled down and figure out what’s going to work, but then it’s just complete fun. (I’ve) played ever since I was a little kid, and I’ve loved the sport from the very first game to this day. I’m so honored to be a part of this tradition, to be able to wear the same jersey as the great ones.”
However, Hunter Horsley did not become a success story overnight. Much of his success has been a result of hard work and devotion to the sport, especially demonstrated throughout his high school career that has really pushed him past his limits. During his junior year, Horsley’s determination was put to the test when he was confronted with the challenge of filling in for Kinkade Wildman after an injury ended his 2014 season.
With some reservation, Horsley took on the arduous task of crafting results comparable to those of the well-seasoned Wildman within a few short weeks.
“I was pretty nervous,” Horsley remembered. “There was so much responsibility and I had to learn the plays pretty fast. But as soon as I got the hang of it, it became enjoyable and the experience definitely prepared me for this year.”
Horsley humbly attributes much of his success to his strong foundation of support and acknowledges his loved ones’ sacrifices to encourage his passion.
“My parents have been amazing making sure I have everything I need,” he said. “All of my extended family and friends cheer me on.”
His teammates commend Horsley for his contributions, noting his outstanding leadership and his pivotal effort to ensure that they work together efficiently and effectively on the field. They also praise the care he shows for his teammates by continuously motivating them and working one-on-one to sharpen their skills.
“He’s a real playmaker, a good team leader,” teammate Levi Atuatasi said. “You can definitely tell that he calls the shots on the team.”
“He’s a great leader and always gets us pumped up before games,” Max Eickbush, Grizzly junior varsity quarterback added. “The case with me playing quarterback for JV is that he was a great teacher and really helped me become better as a player.”
Though he expresses interest in a football career in the future, Horsley emphasizes his concentration on the current season.
“Right now, my focus is on finishing the rest of this season, and then we’ll see where it takes me,” he said.