Air force

A look at some of the other top quarterback in the BoCo area:

Steven Croell, Broomfield, Jr.: Quietly developed into a star, finishing with 1,882 yards and 22 TDs passing while leading the Eagles to the 4A championship game.

Oakley Dehning, Longmont, Jr.: Finished his sophomore campaign with 1,488 yards of combined offense, including 18 TDs.

Stone Samaras, Holy Family, Jr.: An emergency starter at the end of his freshman year, Samaras came into his own as a sophomore, throwing for 2,794 yards and 33 scores.

BROOMFIELD — Legacy coach Wayne Voorhees was cautiously optimistic about his new quarterback Alec Lewis when the season began last year.

And who can blame him.

The junior had the unenviable task of filling the shoes of three-year starter Matt Lynch — now at UCLA — and the inevitable learning curve had the potential to be very steep.

But as the season wore on, confidence grew in both Voorhees and his signal caller, so much so that the coach loosened the reigns and gave just about as much freedom to Lewis as he did to Lynch in previous seasons.

"Going into last year as a young guy, I was concerned with how many bad decisions he was going to make. And for the most part, he did a great job. When all was said and done he only had (eight) interceptions and as many times as we threw the ball, that was unreal," Voorhees said.


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"I was real proud of him for that and the good thing about him is he does a lot of studying of the game. He knows where he should go, it's just a matter of making that happen."

When all was said in done in 2016, Lewis completed 61 percent of his passes for over 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

Lewis had the opportunity to hang around Lynch for a couple of seasons, pick his brain and learn what it takes to succeed in the game.

Legacy’s Alec Lewis breaks free on a run during practice on Aug. 18.
Legacy's Alec Lewis breaks free on a run during practice on Aug. 18. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"Matt was a great role model. He taught me a lot about the read option and how to make good decisions with the ball," Lewis said. "But most of all he taught me how to be a leader."

A relentless student of the game, Lewis is just as likely to be found in the film room as he is in the weight room. And just like Lynch before him, Voorhees has given him the ability to audible at the line.

"He earned that opportunity as the year went on last year and we have never really given a quarterback that option," said Voorhees, who enters his 15th season at Legacy with a 90-60 overall record.

Lewis will have plenty of options on a Legacy team that has been more pass heavy in recent years. In addition to returning 6-foot-3 wide-outs Ryan Lynch (who has an offer from Indiana State) and Ross Smith, he also has big targets at his disposal in Landon Sneyd (6-4) and Owen Weber (6-4).

"I'm not worried about any of my stats because all of that will come if our team plays well. We are obviously going to be a passing team again this year, so it's really not an issue for me, it's more about making the right throws, winning games and going deep in the playoffs," said Lewis, whose team opens the season at home against Broomfield on Sept. 1 at North Stadium.

"I'm really close with all my linemen, we are all very good friends. And my receivers are going to be outstanding this year. We've got three returning guys that are all 6-foot-2 or 6-3 and it makes it real easy when you can throw to big tall guys that can go get the ball over those smaller corners in high school."

Lewis has visions of playing at the next level, but understands that those looks will start to come with the success of his team ... and that is what he cares about first and foremost.

"I don't really know what a Division I kid is and what isn't, because each one of these (college coaches) is looking for a specific something," Voorhees said. "He's a little bit short (6-0), but that doesn't mean that he can't play somewhere. He has the right skill set and we are sending his film all over and he is going to have the opportunity to show his skills."

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt