These four pass-catchers are there when their quarterback needs them

Scott Miller of Fruita Monument catches a pass

Ashur Verna catches a pass for Grand Junction High School.

Every quarterback who must have that completion, that third-down reception that keeps a drive alive or that crucial fourth-down conversion on the game-winning drive, has his guy.

It’s his favorite receiver, that go-to pass-catcher he knows he can count on to make the big play.

Each team in the valley certainly has more than one player who has made a key reception this season.

These are the clutch guys, however, often the first look a quarterback makes when he’s under the gun looking for an open receiver.

Clay Kame

•  School: Central

•  Year: Senior

•  Position: Slotback

•  Height: 6-2

•  Weight: 180

•  Receptions: 27

•  Yards: 288

•  Quarterback’s read: “(As a former quarterback), he knows what it’s like to be under pressure.” — Holden Reed

•  From the sideline: “Maybe we look to him more because he is a playmaker.” — Coach Vern McGee

•  Self-analysis: “We (receivers) try to communicate to the coaches what we see during the game (to make adjustments).” — Kame

Scott Miller

•  School: Fruita Monument

•  Year: Senior

•  Position: Tight end

•  Height: 6-5

•  Weight: 213

•  Receptions: 14

•  Yards: 260

•  Quarterback’s read: “He’s such a big target (and) he’s got great hands.” — Brett Nankervis

•  From the sideline: “We’ve moved him around a little more to get him in situations where he can get open more.” — Coach Bill Moore

•  Self-analysis: “The toughest thing about switching from wide receiver to tight end is the blocking.” — Miller

Ashur Verna

•  School: Grand Junction

•  Year: Senior

•  Position: Wide receiver

•  Height: 6-1

•  Weight: 190

•  Receptions: 16

•  Yards: 160. Nine of those catches and 148 of those yards have come in the past two games

•  Quarterback’s read: “He just gets open at the right time, (but) our other receivers are just as talented.” — Sean Rubalcaba

•  From the sideline: “Some of the things we did were to put Ashur in situations where he’d help Sean.” — Coach Robbie Owens

•  Self-analysis: (On having a new head coach and offensive coordinator) “We still run the same routes and we’re still in the spread (offense). It’s just different lingo.” — Verna

Matt Young

•  School: Palisade

•  Year: Senior

•  Position: Tight end

•  Height: 6-1

•  Weight: 176

•  Receptions: 12

•  Yards: 293

•  Quarterback’s read: “Most of (Young’s catches) are play-action passes. When we pass, our line is what opens it up for him.” — Jake Appling

•  From the sideline: “I think a lot of it is we run the ball so well that a lot of times those (receivers) are wide open.” — Coach John Arledge

•  Self-analysis: “(Jake) sees the open area; I try to find the open area. We pretty much think the same.” — Young


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