Perhaps only an Advance Placement History student at Rocklin High would get the reference, but the Thunder’s senior quarterback may be getting a new nickname soon – “Pretty Boy.”
Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was a Depression-era gangster who threw a few bullets in his time, and Rocklin’s William Floyd sure did Friday night in leading the No. 5 Thunder to a 54-35 victory over visiting No. 18 Del Campo.
“The nickname I actually have is ‘Will The Thrill,’ but my dad actually thinks we’re related to ‘Pretty Boy Floyd,’ so I don’t know,” Floyd said, the pinky finger on his right hand swollen and bandaged from a helmet hit. “ ‘Pretty Boy’ actually sounds cool. I’ll take that.”
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His pinky may have been hurt, but his trigger finger wasn’t. Floyd threw for 369 yards and six touchdowns against a Cougars defense that allowed just 14 points last week against Edison of Stockton. Floyd had 254 yards and four scores in the first half alone Friday.
Slants over the middle? Pow! Over-the-shoulder deep routes? Zing!
But Floyd’s receivers certainly put the Pretty in Pretty Boy, as in they’re all pretty good. He’s got the fleet Evyn Holtz out of the backfield and Evan Michalet as a wideout. Holtz scored on a 55-yard simple route into the flat and sprinted for most of it. He also added a 77-yard kickoff return. Holtz was busy last week, as well, scoring on four runs in Rocklin’s 63-14 win over Pleasant Grove. Michalet had a 12-yard catch for a score and spelled Floyd at quarterback late in the game.
Floyd found seven different receivers Friday and threw touchdown passes to four of them. Matthew Preece was his favorite target, catching five Floyd shots for 156 yards and three scores of 44, 4 and 38 yards.
The senior tight end is 6-foot-6 and used his height advantage on his last two scores, both over-the-shoulder catches – the first was over his shoulder and the last one over the shoulder of the Cougars’ Nikolas Daley.
Floyd and Preece have played together since the sixth grade when they were teammates on the Rocklin Junior Thunder. Floyd said Preece has always been tall, and he makes the quarterback’s job really easy.
“It’s almost not fair when I see a smaller DB line up on him,” Floyd said. “He definitely makes me look good.”
Preece said Floyd is the stereotypical California quarterback with the blond locks and the girls trailing after him, so yeah, “Pretty Boy” certainly fits, he said.
“He may be pretty, but he’s also pretty tough,” Preece said.
Mark Billingsley is a Carmichael-based freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or @editorwriter001.