Puyallup High School quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb didn’t set out to break a state record in the September 23rd matchup with South Kitsap. It wasn’t until Coach Ray Brassard received a phone call during the bus ride back to Puyallup that they realized Holcomb had made history.
The call was from a local reporter, verifying that Nathaniel threw for 10 touchdown passes and ready to report that he had officially broken the 11-man football record for touchdown passes in Washington state. Holcomb completed 33 of 53 passes for 451 passing yards and ended the game with 456 all-purpose yards.
Holcomb’s performance in the 77-60 win over South Kitsap surpassed the previous record, 9 touchdown passes, which was shared by Brian Lindgren (De Sales, 1998) and Jordan Kitna (Lincoln, 2014). Holcomb is also now tied for the overall state record for touchdown passes with 3 others: Andrew Jefferson (Lummi, 2005), Will Hoppes (Tri-City Prep, 2009), and Jake Aune (Lacrosse-Washtucna, 2011).
When asked about his senior season and the significance of his record-setting performance, Holcomb was quick to give credit to his teammates — “I know I’ve had a pretty good season statistically, all thanks to my linemen and my receivers, I couldn’t do anything without them.”
Holcomb hopes to continue his football career in college, but has not committed to a school at this time. Head coach Ray Brassard explained the way that Holcomb’s athleticism and character helps lead this Puyallup football team — “He’s a great leader, a great kid, he’s the kind of kid you’d love to have in any program.”
Puyallup is 3-1 and looks to continue their success in the coming weeks, starting tonight. They take on undefeated Sumner at Sparks Stadium, 7 p.m.