Freshman quarterback Aidan Willard, who is from Napa, scored a touchdown in a scrimmage for Oregon State Saturday at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.
Willard, a 2017 Justin-Siena High School graduate, scored on a 15-yard keeper for the Beavers’ third touchdown of the day.
It was the second scrimmage of camp for Oregon State.
Willard is a back-up quarterback for the Beavers.
“I thought they handled it well. They came out and competed,” Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said in a story at gazettetimes.com. “It was awesome for them to get in front of Beaver Nation. It was a great crowd for the kids. They were excited about playing in front of their fans. So it overall was a productive day. I thought there were some good things. We’ll evaluate the film and go from there.”
Willard, Justin-Siena’s starting quarterback on its 2014 CIF North Coast Section Division IV championship team, signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Oregon State and play football for the Beavers last February.
Willard was a starter each of his four years at Justin-Siena.
He was the Newcomer of the Year on the All-Napa County team as a sophomore after leading Justin-Siena to the NCS title.
Willard, rated the No. 12 prospect by NorCalPreps.com, threw for over 2,800 yards with 29 touchdown passes during his career. He also rushed for over 1,900 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in his career.
Willard was the Offensive Player of the Year on the All-Napa County team as a junior.
Directing the Braves’ veer offense, he ran for 705 yards and two touchdowns and also passed for 1,341 yards and six TDs as a sophomore. In the CIF North Coast Section Division IV title game, Willard had 103 yards rushing in an 18-10 win over Saint Mary’s-Berkeley. The Braves also tied for the Marin County Athletic League title.
A physical, running quarterback, he ran for 1,210 yards and eight touchdowns on 179 carries during the 2015 season as Justin-Siena went 9-3 overall, finished second in the MCAL, and was 1-1 in the NCS playoffs.
He completed 62 of 153 passes for 896 yards and 11 touchdowns with just five interceptions, and was named Honorable Mention on the All-MCAL team.
Willard had one of his best games in a 43-40 nonleague win over visiting St. Margaret’s-San Juan Capistrano in 2015. He had 203 yards rushing and 117 yards passing.
He was limited to just four games his senior season due to injury. He was selected honorable mention for the Braves (3-7 overall, 2-5 MCAL) on the All-North Coast Section team by Prep2Prep.com.
Willard received honorable mention honors on offense on the All-MCAL team.
SJS, NCS teams in the rankings
CalHiSports.com kicked off its preseason rankings Tuesday with teams 31-50. The rankings include teams from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF North Coast Section.
The rankings have Del Oro-Loomis, No. 31, Manteca, No. 34; Freedom-Oakley, No. 38; Jesuit-Carmichael, No, 41; Oakdale, No. 44; and Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, No. 45.
St. Mary’s-Mater Dei to play at Levi’s Stadium
St. Mary’s-Stockton and Mater Dei-Santa Ana will play in the Friday Night Lights Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It’s the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
“What a tremendous experience, for our whole program, really. For the whole community to have a chance to watch our guys play down there,” St. Mary’s coach Tony Franks told the Stockton Record.
Los Altos and Wilcox-Santa Clara will play at 3:30 p.m. in the first game of the showcase, which is now in its fourth year.
Last week of Raiders training camp
Training camp practices for the Oakland Raiders continue on Wednesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day, at the team’s Napa Valley summer complex at Redwood Middle School in Napa.
The Raiders break camp after Thursday’s practice.
The Raiders and Los Angeles Rams meet in an NFL preseason game on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum at 7 p.m.