Adapting to a school that sent guys to the NCAA Division I level and the NFL ranks, Ya’j Vance of Fresno, Calif. Edison accomplished something no Tiger quarterback could. had never done before on Friday 14 October.
He fired not one, not two…but an astounding eight touchdown passes in the 58-40 shootout victory over Fresno (California) Garza in a battle at Fresno on the West Side.
Vance was even a yard short of 500 yards… as his 499 aerial yards is another school record. Vance rewrote the record books at “E City” that night, as confirmed by his head coach Mike Stamps.
“The night was unique, incredible and impossible. That night was unique because I did things that people wouldn’t believe I could or would do,” Vance told BarkBoard.com, “Now I feel like I have to do it again but be better every game.
He also hopes this kind of amazing night will give him that elevation: scholarships.
“Coach Stamps gets a lot of calls from a lot of colleges about me. But that’s about it,” Vance said. “So I feel like I have a lot more to prove.”
The 6ft 2in, 171lb shredded man covered the Guardians en route to their getaway night. He added that Garza didn’t play Cover 3 or 4 all night and that Garza only had a cornerback in media coverage.
Not only did he enter the EHS record books, Cal-Hi Sports named him NorCal Offensive Player of the Week.
Friday’s record-breaking shootout became the latest chapter in a revival at “E City” under former EHS Stamps. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak and repositioned themselves as a CIF Central Section playoff contender. The Tigers (4-4) have already doubled their win total from last season and are closing in on an average of .500 or better for the first time since 2018.
Vance’s numbers now have him at 19 touchdowns for the season and 2,144 passing yards. He delivered a fast hitting ability for a quick attack from Tiger. His building chemistry with his head coach led to his October breakup.
“I’m not robotic – you let the game come to you and flow like water,” Vance said. “I gel with my receivers. And I resume the game if necessary. I’m more of a cerebral guy. I’m proud to be groomed by Coach Stamps as an OC (Offensive Coordinator). He says I will be a great OC because he taught me defenses and patterns.
Does he believe his late push — especially with three touchdowns in straight games before Garza’s contest — could lead to Fresno State if the Bulldogs need a late QB?
“I wouldn’t mind going there, I just think they already have a great QB right now and also the one to come,” Vance said. But “I visited them in the spring. I have to go to one of the spring games, it was pretty cool to be there.
In the meantime, Vance will be looking to build on his breakout night with two games remaining in the regular season, and continue restoring momentum to ‘E City’.