If there is any doubt that Beaverton, Oregon, quarterback Kevin Riley is one of the best in the nation, just check out what he's been doing lately. Riley, a four-star quarterback, has Beaverton peaking at the right time with the state playoffs starting this weekend.
Last weekend he closed the regular season in style. Riley tossed four first-half touchdowns with strikes of nine, 21, 60 and 22 yards. He also scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the year when he galloped 46-yards for the score. In the past three weeks, he's thrown for 11 touchdown passes and five touchdown runs.
"I'm starting to get into the grove, and I think we're peaking at the right time," Riley, who is 6-foot-1 and 192 pounds, said. "We have to go to central Oregon for the first round. We play Redmond. It's a 3 ½ hour drive and it's supposed to be about 25 degrees. I guess that's why they call it the playoffs."
Riley took the SAT on Saturday and when he was done he traveled to Eugene, Oregon, to watch California battle Oregon. Riley, a long-time commitment to the Bears, said he enjoyed watching Cal play, but he was disappointed the Bears lost in overtime to the Ducks.
"It was a tough loss," Riley said. "They had their chances, no doubt about it. You can't say one play cost them the game."
Riley said he's not looking at any other teams and the phone has been relatively quiet. He considers himself a solid Cal commitment and plans to visit Berkley on December 9 – if his team is not playing in the state championship.
"That's the state championship weekend," he said. "I hope we're still playing, but if not then I'll take my visit then."