The junior standout quarterback grew in stature as the season progressed and closed out the five-game campaign as the No. 1 ranked QB in the North Coast Section and No. 3 in the state, according to stats reported on Max Preps.
Purcell finished the season with a very impressive 1,819 yards through the air, an average of 363.8 yards a game, on 105-of-175 attempts for a 60 percent completion percentage.
The Arcata standout also threw for 22 touchdowns over the five games, and just six interceptions and had a QB rating of 120.7.
Even more impressive, his 363.8 yards average was more than 130 yards a game better than the next best passer in the NCS, Acalanes’ Brady Huchingson.
And, according to Arcata head coach Jamal Jones, it was Purcell’s relentless work regime during the pandemic that paved the way for his success this spring.
“It was a long summer and he was out there working hard every day at practice,” Jones said. “He wanted it.”
Purcell’s game evolved in other ways because of that commitment.
“He got stronger, and he was really working on that throwing motion,” Jones said. “And the other thing is his understanding of the quarterback position got better. He understands coverage better, and that showed.”
The good news for Tigers fans is that Purcell still has his senior season ahead of him and is expected to be even better in the fall.
Especially with every one of Arcata’s receivers and running backs expected back.
“We’ll be right back at it,” Jones said. “And I’m excited to see these guys in the fall.”