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Former Colton QB Straughan Wins POTW Honors

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COLTON, Wash. -

The quarterback position is a family business for the Straughan brothers of Colton, Washington. On Friday night, Colton High School Quarterback and Idaho Vandal basketball commit Jake Straughan threw five TDs and ran two TDs to lead Colton to a 64-22 defeat of Garfield-Palouse.

Twenty four hours later, his older brother and former Colton star QB Josh Straughan, who 
started his career last year as a true freshman at Stillman College by coming off the bench in his first game and throwing three TD passes to lead the Tigers to a come-from-behind win against Central State University, must have been thinking déjà vu. On Saturday, the 6'3" 190 lb. sophomore QB once again led Stillman to another spectacular come-from-behind victory against Kentucky State University in Frankfurt, Kentucky some 2,500 miles away from his home.

Trailing 14 points going into the second half, Straughan launched an aerial assault against KSU that left the Thorobred crowd stunned. The 6'3" 190 lbs sophomore QB completed 19-of-32 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Tigers (3-1, 2-0) got their first score of the second half when Straughan on third and long threw an 18-yard strike to Hudson Cain with 1:00 remaining in the third quarter.  

KSU responded with its own touchdown. But from there on it was the Straughan show. The young gunslinger threw three TD passes in the fourth quarter to overtake the Thorobreds. Straughan first hit Dondre Purnell on a 56-yard touchdown pass with 9:53 to play. On the next possession, Straughan engineered a long drive culminating in him throwing a 20-yard TD pass to Charles Payne to pull the Tigers within two.

Straughan then started his final drive on Stillman's own 27-yard line with 2:32 on the clock, completing several passes that covered 73 yards. His biggest throw may have come on fourth down when he was being tackled by two defenders and somehow escaped their grasps enough to complete a 7-yard shovel pass to Reese Sturgis. Two plays later, Straughan threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Octavian Ford with just 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after the Tigers trailed the entire game.

Riding the arm of Straughan, the Tigers defeated KSU 26-21 and pushed Stillman to the top of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). For his come-from-behind win the sophomore QB was named the Offensive Player of the week for the SIAC. So far this season Straughan is one of the top quarterbacks in the SIAC. He has passed for over 300 yards in two separate games and completed 67 of 111 passes for 897 yards and seven touchdowns with a 147.25 quarterback efficiency rating. The next game for Stillman is against Lane College, and the Tigers will later play on national television against Alabama State University on Thanksgiving Day.


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