VIDEO: Central York QB Cade Pribula and his younger brother, WR Beau, discuss their relationship as brothers and teammates. JACOB CALVIN MEYER, 717-505-5406
Growing up, Cade and Beau Pribula would play football against each other in the backyard.
Cade, now a senior at Central York, and Beau, now a freshman, are both quarterbacks.
Well, Beau was a quarterback and will be a quarterback. This year, however, Beau is a a 6-foot, 2-inch, 180-pound starting wide receiver for the Panthers (7-1 overall, 4-1 in York-Adams Division I).
Rather than hoping that his brother’s passes fall incomplete in the backyard, Beau is chasing them down and catching them for touchdowns, just like he did last Friday against Northeastern. Beau caught a deep pass from Cade, a 6-1, 200-pound University of Delaware commit, for a 43-yard touchdown in the Panthers’ 44-7 win over the Bobcats.
“It’s really special to play with Cade, since we’re always going against each other in the backyard,” Beau said. “To finally be on his team is really fun.”
“It’s so much fun playing with Beau,” Cade said. “He’s a great teammate and a great brother. He’s a quarterback at heart, so he knows exactly what a quarterback wants.”
Freshman success: Central head coach Josh Oswalt said for Beau, who has caught 14 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns, to have the success he’s having as a freshman is rare.
“There are instances where I take Beau off the field and he tries to put himself right back out there, and that’s as a freshman,” Oswalt said. “Some of the things Beau’s doing, it’s crazy that he’s doing it.”
Beau, along with top wideouts Saahir Cornelius and Taylor Wright-Rawls, have forged a strong aerial bond with Cade, who has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. All three wideouts are in their first seasons catching passes from Cade, who lost top wideouts Tim Sturgis and Eddie Santiago to graduation.
“In the winter I was (nervous),” Cade said. “But once we started working in the spring, this is best receiving corps I’ve had. I still talk to Eddie and Tim, and they might get mad at that, but this is the best receiving corps I’ve had. We have a big tight end, we have a speedy slot and we have deep threats in Taylor and Beau.”
Transition to wideout: While Beau is going to transition back to quarterback for the rest of his high school career, Oswalt said he’s played an important role in the offense as a big-play wide receiver averaging more than 20 yards per catch.
“The reality is that Beau is a quarterback, and we told him that we wanted him to play (at wideout), and he’s owned it,” Oswalt said. “He’s made some big plays in some clutch spots. For a freshman to make the plays like he did in a big situation in varsity football games as a freshman is unreal.”
VIDEO: Central York head coach Josh Oswalt discusses his team’s 44-7 win over Division I foe Northeastern. JACOB CALVIN MEYER, 717-505-5406/@jcalvinmeyer
Cade said Beau’s past as a quarterback has made him a smarter wide receiver.
“He knows what a quarterback wants, and that’s all you can ask for,” Cade said. “There have been hundreds of quarterbacks who have transitioned to wide receiver, and I think it’ll be easy for him (to get) back to quarterback next year, too.”
Beau said having a Division I quarterback in Cade throwing him the ball has helped him with the transition.
“Cade’s really been a big role model to me,” Beau said. “He’s always been there to help me with my routes. …The transition from quarterback to wide receiver has been pretty easy. I’ve known all of the plays, and the coaches have done a good job of getting me in the system.”
Cade said the touchdown pass to Beau in the Northeastern game was an example of Beau using his quarterback brain as a wideout. Beau saw there was no high safety, and Cade threw a deep pass that Beau brought down.
“He adjusts his route, because I know what he’s thinking and he knows what I’m thinking,” Cade said. “He’s a big body, and he’s fast and that’s what you need at receiver.”
Future at quarterback: Beau said the experience he’s gained this season will help him next year.
“It’s been different, but it’s also been fun to change it up after a while,” Beau said. “It’s also going to help next year by just getting on the field.”
Cade said he’s eager to follow his brother as the quarterback in future years at Central.
“It hasn’t even started yet for him, and he’s something different at quarterback, too,” Cade said. “I can’t wait to see what he does. I hope he doesn’t break all my records. I hope he leaves one for me. I expect more success for Central and him in the future.”
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