Chico High junior Clayton Welch began this season as a starting quarterback at the varsity level for the first time.
As it turns out, Welch just might be the best quarterback in the entire northern section.
Off the field, he's a pretty good student as well.
Whether he's running for first downs on broken plays or hitting open receivers for touchdowns, Chico High's dual threat quarterback Clayton Welch is a nightmare for opposing defenses.
"Clayton's a very athletic kid," said Jason Alvistur.
"All the threats we have, you can't just spy on one person," said Welch.
"His power and speed, he's a complete package you know and doing a great job," added Alvistur.
His statistics tell the story as Welch is 2nd in the section with 1656 passing yards.
He's also tied for first with 23 passing touchdowns.
On the ground, he's added 12 more scores with 740 yards.
Perhaps Welch's latest performance was his best yet as he carved up rival Pleasant Valley for 6 touchdowns in a 48-29 Almond Bowl victory.
The win puts 3-6 Chico one step closer to securing a spot in the postseason.
"Best feeling, it was just amazing, I got to live it up, took a day just to take it all in but then I moved on we got a big game against Shasta right now, we're on that game right now," said Welch.
"Fantastic game, 6 touchdowns in the Almond Bowl, you know he went out made plays, he went out and let his teammates make plays," said Alvistur.
It's not just on the field, Welch also executes in the classroom where he carries a 3.3 GPA.
"I'm so competitive that I try to be the best in my class like I try to be on the field, so I kind of tie those together," said Welch.
Clayton Welch is mature, intelligent and focused and those qualities make him our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.