In 2011, David Blough earned district newcomer of the year honors after completing 102 of 212 passes for 1,586 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was a rough two-win season for Carrollton (Texas) Creekview, but Blough left his mark.
As a junior in 2012, the 6-1, 195-pound standout raised the bar. He threw for 1,777 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 149 of his 265 passes, and Creekview improved to 5-5 and narrowly missed the playoffs. For his efforts he was awarded first-team all-district honors.
It has not always shown up in the win column, but Blough takes great pride in the strides Creekview has made the last two years.
"We have come so far and it comes from hard work," Blough said. "We pride ourselves on discipline and endurance to fight the fight and fight it to the best of our ability. If you ask me or the players or the coaches, I feel like we are the hardest working team in Texas. Being a little undersized, a little not as athletically gifted, we make up for in coaching and commitment and work ethic."
Blough has shown tremendous physical ability in his two years at the helm of the Creekview offense, and he has made a number of highlight reel plays. They are nice but he is most proud of the way he handles himself each and every day.
"That example to never give up. When its going good or when it's the last play of the game we are going to fight to the end. That is something I take a lot of pride in," Blough said. "Being a guy my teammates can look to to give the extra effort or go the extra play or dive for the pylon in the third overtime to get a win. I like showing everything I've worked for on the field. Like one of the SMU coaches said [Saturday] 'You have to play like your hair is on fire every play because you never know when it's going to be your last.'"
The attitude combined with his athletic abilities have made him an attractive prospect to college recruiters. LSU, SMU, Rice, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, Tulsa, North Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska have all shown interest in the standout signal caller.
Over the weekend he was able to attend the SMU junior day and came away impressed with what he saw in the Mustang program.
"It was fun," Blough said. "It was a blast getting to see the facilities. The coaches were real polite. It's a close knit family and they're trying to get the program back up and contending there. Coach Jones is doing a great job with what he's doing."
Next weekend he plans to visit another Dallas-area program.
"I think next weekend a couple of teammates wanted me to go with them to the North Texas one, so I think I'm going to go with a couple of my boys to North Texas next weekend," Blough said.
Blough has family ties to Baylor (father), Vanderbilt (mother), and Texas A&M (two older brothers), and he admits all were Aggie fans in 2012.
At this point in the process he is staying patient and is excited to see what opportunities lay ahead.