AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Herrick set the mark with a 47-yard pass to Virgil Hill on the final play of a 34-7 victory against Saugus on Friday at College of the Canyons. He was mobbed afterward by teammates and supporters and was awarded a special plaque before his mother, Marilyn, broke through the crowd and embraced her son with a well-deserved hug. “I’m very proud of him. For Michael, it was never about getting the record or 10,000 yards, it was always about winning – but it sure has been a fun ride,” she said. “It’s awesome. He’s very unselfish but I’m sure he’s very happy. I know I am.” Athletic director Brian Stiman, who was Valencia’s coach for Herrick’s sophomore and junior seasons before Larry Muir took over this year, was among the first to congratulate Herrick, who is ranked 21st nationally with 10,002 career passing yards. “For me, it’s been a tremendous experience because I’ve never been around a quarterback with Michael’s drive and determination,” Stiman said. “Obviously, he’s just a phenomenal passer with pin-point accuracy. Plus, on top of that, he’s great at reading defenses, and he’s got just a great family. The two years of his life that I got to spend with him as his coach has been an honor. Michael has a tremendous future ahead of him.” Herrick, who has verbally committed to Mississippi, is scheduled to visit the campus for an official recruiting trip this weekend. There he’ll be reunited with his older brother Robert, a naval officer who plans to meet up with him. VALENCIA – It’s now official. Valencia High’s Michael Herrick is California’s most productive football quarterback in history, setting the state passing yards record and becoming the first Californian to break the 10,000-yard barrier. But don’t expect to see Herrick, a sandy-haired senior with a perpetual smile who wears lucky jersey No. 7, celebrate for long. Now that the hoopla of reaching such a distinctive milestone is over – Newbury Park’s Keith Smith held the record of 9,971 for 12 years – Herrick can concentrate on what he always has cared about the most: winning. Defending section finalist Valencia (7-3) opens the Div. II playoffs Friday, and after losing two of the past three games, Herrick is hoping to orchestrate a month-long winning streak to put a final exclamation point on a terrific three-year career. “I’m just happy to win. This record really belongs to everyone who has ever played with me because we’ve all helped each other,” Herrick said. “I’ve tried not to think about the record because it hasn’t been my priority, but I do want to thank everyone who’s helped me do it. Now it’s time to take things one week at a time because we’ve got to keep winning.” Muir said having Herrick has made the coach’s transition from offensive coordinator to head coach that much easier. “It’s been amazing. How many coaches get to start off with a quarterback like Michael?” Muir said. “I mean, a kid that talented right out of the gate? It’s very special.” So what’s next? Herrick, who passed for 3,167 yards as a sophomore, 4,065 as a junior and 2,770 this season, needs 24 yards to move into the national top 20. He needs 220 to become the first Foothill League player to pass for 3,000 in three consecutive seasons. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected] INSIDE CALIFORNIA’S ALL-TIME PASSING YARDAGE LEADERS RANKNAME, SCHOOL (YRS.)YARDS 1.Michael Herrick, Valencia (2003-present)10,002 2.Keith Smith, Newbury Park (1990-93)9,971 3.Chris Czernek, Newbury Park (1994-96)9,821 4.Chad Davis, Mira Mesa, Torrey Pines, Palm Springs (1988-91)9,332 5.Todd Marinovich, Capo Valley, Mater Dei (1994-97)9,182 Source: Cal-Hi Sports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!