By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- Before he became starting quarterback at Central, Hayden Bauserman was very aware of the tradition at the quarterback position. He had heard about Kenny Lambiotte, who played in the NFL. He watched quarterbacks such as Matt Sherfey, Brandon Foltz and Kolter Stroop. Now Bauserman can proudly put his name alongside all of those.
Bauserman has all but one passing record at Central, and has left his own mark in Central football history. He finished with a record 6,596 yards, and a record-best 74 career touchdowns.
"[Lambiotte] was probably one of the, if not the, best quarterback to ever come out of Central," Bauserman said. "I grew up watching a lot of the great quarterbacks from Brandon Foltz to Matt Sherfey, Kolter Stroop and all those guys. To be a part of that group and to be at the top of that group in a lot of records is definitely a special thing because I grew up admiring those guys.
"I grew up looking up to them. And to be able to have a record at Central, it means a lot, but it definitely means a whole lot more that we were a winning team along with it."
Bauserman, The Northern Virginia Daily's 2013 Offensive Football Player of the Year, had a lot to do with Central's winning ways.
The 6-foot-3 senior threw for 2,764 yards, surpassing his record-breaking mark from last year.
He threw 34 touchdown passes (another record) with only nine interceptions.
"It was an exciting season, making it to regionals, stepping up against tough competition," Bauserman said. "Overall, I definitely couldn't have done it without any of my teammates. I was blessed with a great offensive line, great receiving corps, great running backs throughout my career. So that took a lot of pressure off of me. It helped me definitely to feel more comfortable."
Bauserman said he played football in youth league, but then stopped and focused more on baseball until some of his teammates talked him into playing again his eighth grade year.
His freshman season, Bauserman was moved up to varsity late in the year. As a sophomore, Bauserman helped lead the Falcons to the playoffs and win their first-ever playoff game.
His sophomore season was anything but easy, but Bauserman said he learned a lot and it helped make him better.
"I definitely struggled my sophomore year, but I still had the coaching staff, the community, all my teammates behind me," Bauserman said. "I took a lot of criticism from a lot of different people, but I always kept my head down and kept working."
Bauserman had a solid junior season, throwing for 2,443 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In the offseason, Bauserman began lifting weights more and it showed this season with an improved arm strength. Bauserman also began working out with former Central head coach Jack Bauserman (no relation). Jack Bauserman's son, Joe, played at Strasburg and went on to play quarterback at Ohio State University.
"It was definitely a learning experience working with [Jack Bauserman]," Hayden Bauserman said. "He worked a lot with what college coaches are going to work with. And I worked with Joe some, too. It was a fun experience to be able to work with a big-time Division I football player like that, and with those guys that have a knowledge of football, so it definitely helped me out a lot."
This year the Falcons went 10-2, falling in the third round of the playoffs to Loudoun Valley despite moving up a classification.
Bauserman said he was really happy that the Falcons were able to be successful in Class 3A against strong competition.
Central had 21 seniors and Bauserman said he was happy to be a part of it.
"The senior class, we were always talked about from the time we were in eighth grade," Bauserman said. "We knew we were going to be talented and it was going to build up to this year, especially coming in going up against tougher competition. I think that kind of gave us an edge and gave us a reason to play harder. But we definitely went out and showed we were a big part of Central history, because I can remember being a little kid coming to football games when Central wasn't that good. So to be able to turn it around and put Central on the map, in terms of football, was definitely a great accomplishment for all of us."
Bauserman isn't sure what route he will take in college. He said he's being looked at by some Division II schools, including Shepherd University. He said he still wants to play at the Division I level, and may go to a post-grad school to try to get more looks at the Division I level.
Bauserman said he really enjoyed his time at Central and helping the football team to be successful.
"It's been fun," Bauserman said. "I've played for a great coaching staff. I've played with great teammates. I've been fortunate enough to have a good running game behind me, great receivers that make me look good on plays that I don't look very good. And an offensive line that's given me great time to throw. A great defense who's been able to help me score points and keep [opposing offenses] off the field.
"During my time here I've been fortunate enough to be on a great team with great teammates -- a close knit group. They really did feel like a family ever since I stepped foot on the football field here at Central."
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