SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Max Browne's approach to his senior season is simple. If the quarterback takes care of the things he can control, the yards and touchdowns will follow.
So, instead of worrying about statistics, the 6-foot-5, 214-pound USC commit (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) is focused on managing his turnovers.
“One thing I carried from my sophomore to junior year, and I’m trying to carry from my junior to senior year is I’ve been keeping my turnover ratio down,” Browne said. “I threw 13 picks my sophomore year, to seven my junior year. I’m at two right now. I’m trying to keep it there.”
Browne would rather post prolific passing numbers than talk about his accomplishments. But, while he works toward a second straight state title, it is impossible to ignore the numbers.
He has thrown for 1,374 yards and 13 touchdowns through four games this year, bringing his career total to 9,795 yards and 109 touchdowns. He has completed 69.2 percent of his passes over 40 games for the Spartans, which ranks him third all time nationally, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.
“It’s stuff that people tell me about, so I’m kind of aware of it a little bit,” Browne said. “It’s out there, but the fact is, if we do what we know how to do and go out there and throw the ball like we’ve thrown it my past two years here, the stats will come. The biggest thing with those stats is we’ve got to keep winning.”
Browne has set school and state records, racking up numbers that would be tough to match in a backyard pickup game. Still, the four-star recruit deflects the credit to the people around him.
“It really shows that we’re doing a really great job of all three levels of the pass game: the short, intermediate and deep stuff, just mixing it up,” Browne said. “Coach (Matt) Taylor does a great job of giving me the ability to succeed. Our O-line stepped up once again and our receivers are really good.”
With as many as 10 games remaining this season, Browne has a chance to become the state’s career passing yardage leader. Brian Lindgren (Walla Walla, Wash./DeSales) holds the current record after throwing for for 12,575 yards, leaving Browne 2,780 yards away from matching that mark.
He is also on track to throw for more than 4,000 yards for the third consecutive season but, even though he admits that would be impressive, he always turns the talk to his team.
“It would be crazy,” Browne said. “It would really be crazy. I think I got 4,000 on my last pass last year in the state game to win it, so that was close. It would mean a lot but, at the same time, just getting the state title -- and I know it sounds cliché and everyone says it -- and to finish off with that would probably be the most important thing.”