The Texas Longhorns’ quarterback of the future had his first chance to start for Junipero Serra on Friday, falling 27-21 to rival Long Beach Poly in overtime to kick off his six-game season.
Murphy struggled to find his rhythm in the first half, thanks in large part to the pressure brought by Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits regularly blitzed multiple defenders and resorted to a zero blitz quite frequently in order to take advantage of the inexperience from Junipero Serra. Murphy was unable to find time to find open receivers and was unable to throw in rhythm due to the pressure.
In the second half, Murphy seemed to settle in and showcase the skill that earned him a five-star composite rating.
On several occasions, Murphy showcased the arm strength to throw a hash-to-hash out route, as well as toss a few fade routes to receivers. Unfortunately for Murphy, some of those passes were dropped by the intended targets.
Perhaps the most-impressive throw from Murphy was his first touchdown, a tight laser past the defender, allowing his wide receiver to break to space and make the grab.
Murphy finished the day going 19-of-32 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions on the night.
Next up for the Cavaliers is another road tilt against the Chaminade Eagles on Friday.