10 Questions with Tyler Sorensen

Favorite pregame meal: Sandwiches.


Favorite pregame music: Rap or rock


Favorite movie: Step Brothers


Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning


Favorite and least favorite class: My favorite class is math and my least favorite is probably English.


Favorite Team: Denver Broncos.


Dream Vacation: Hawaii


Dream car: Lamborghini


If you could have any superpower, what would you pick:  Speed.


Plans after graduating from high school: To go into medicine as a sports therapist.

 

FARMINGTON — The Navajo Prep football team has put together one of its best seasons in school history and a lot of that success has come thanks to the right arm of Tyler Sorensen.

The junior quarterback has put up eye-popping numbers on his way to leading the Eagles to a school-record nine wins and a district championship.

Sorensen leads the state regardless of classification with 3,362 passing yards and 44 touchdowns and set the single-game passing record with 628 yards against Escalante.

Despite all his success, the Kirtland native is quick to give the credit for the offense's explosiveness to his wide receivers.

"The receivers make big plays and the line does a great job," Sorensen said. "We've connected -- all of the receivers and me. We're all really close."

Sorensen has a plethora of options to throw to including Mikaele Mauga, Isaiah Yazzie and Alex Danzuka.

Mauga leads the state with 1,427 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. Yazzie set a single-game state record with 336 receiving yards against Escalante, and Danzuka is tied for second in 2A behind only Mauga with eight receiving touchdowns.

Offensive coordinator Michael Kovacs said Sorensen's ability to spread the ball around and keep all the receivers involved in the offense has been key to the Eagles averaging 51.2 points per game.

"When you have Isaiah Yazzie, Alex Danzuka, Mika Mauga, you're just surrounded by excellent athletes and it helps his game out," Kovacs said. "But I think Tyler has been the catalyst for the offense. It's important to have a quarterback that respects the game and enjoys playing with these athletes. It's been a huge year for him and we'll be looking for a lot out of him in the postseason. His knowledge of the game and his willingness to learn has been fantastic."

Kovacs introduced a new spread offense to Navajo Prep this season and he said he has seen Sorensen continue to grow in the system throughout the year.

"Tyler has had great coaches in the past and he's so coachable. That's one of the traits that I love about Tyler," he said. "He has a willingness to strive to get better."

Sorensen credits Kovacs and the rest of the Prep coaching staff for implementing an offense that allows the Eagles to take advantage of mismatches all over the field. "They've given everything they have to offer. They have a perfect offense," he said.

The Eagles' quarterback also said the defense has been critical to the offense's success by forcing turnovers and putting Prep in good field position.

"The defense has done a great job getting us the ball back," he said.

The Eagles defense pitched a shut out through its district schedule and allowed just 6.6 points per game this season.

With all of the success this season, Sorensen said the team's real goals are just beginning now that the playoffs are starting.

Prep will host its first playoff game in school history on Saturday against New Mexico Military Institute and the Eagles sole focus is winning that game.

"Our goal this season was to win a playoff game," Sorensen said.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.