Heading into his junior season, Ryan Kraft was viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in Bret Harte history. He was fresh off a great sophomore year that resulted in the playoffs. But the question was, is Kraft just a flash in the pan? The answer was a resounding no.
Kraft wrapped up his second season as Bret Harte’s starting quarterback by throwing for 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 146.7 yards per game and threw only eight interceptions.
In a 34-27 home loss to Amador, Kraft etched his name into the record books. He threw three touchdowns in that game, which enabled him to break the all-time touchdown passing record at Bret Harte.
The previous record was 26 and Kraft has now thrown 31 career touchdown passes.
On the ground, Kraft rushed for 588 yards and five touchdowns last season. He recorded a season-high 166 yards in a 40-38 win over Linden. Kraft was placed on the Mother Lode League first-team.
“Ryan handled the pressure as well as he could, considering the changes in the offense between each season,” said Bret Harte head coach Casey Kester. “His sophomore season, the offensive line averaged 230 pounds or so and last year it was more like 180 pounds. And with the emphasis changing to a more pass-oriented approach, he stepped up and did all we asked him to do. It was a growing year for all of us and he acclimated very well to being in the spotlight. I think that it toughened him up quite a bit and that he will do well this upcoming season.”
In the spring, Kraft hit .338 for the Bret Harte baseball team. He had an on-base percentage of .412 and had 25 hits, 17 RBIs, 21 runs scored, nine doubles, three home runs, walked nine times and stole 14 bases.
Kraft was placed on the Mother Lode League second-team.