Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Jace Neugebauer

Oct 15, 2015 9:39 PM by Ross Field

Tucked away in the mountains of Shasta County lies the small unincorporated area of McArthur. It's population equals 550, but there's much more to this tiny tight-knit farming community than meets the eye.

No, it's the green hills, flowing river of fall colors. Here is where you find the home of Fall River High School and Bulldogs senior quarterback Jace Neugebauer.

He's the new Northern Section career record holder for passing yards.

"That record is a huge accomplishment," said Neugebauer. "As soon as that happened I couldn't help but smile."

It happened in last Friday's 34-7 win over Mt. Shasta.

Jace finished the night with 133 yards through the air, putting him at 6,131 total passing yards which breaks the old mark of 6,080 set by Quincy's Matt Ray in 1998.

Neugebauer's accomplishment is now the talk of this tiny town.

"You hear about it everywhere you go," said Gunnar Ronquist, Jace's teammate and friend.

Neugebauer made the front page of the Mountain Echo paper. And a local farm supply store put up a sign reading, "Congrats to Jace and team for NSCIF record."

"It couldn't happen to a better kid. He works hard in every aspect," said Jeremy Vanover, employee of McArthur Farm Supply.

That hard work extends to the classroom. Jace is a 4.0 student.

"First you get an education and then you play sports," says Neugebauer.

He's also heavily involved in FFA serving as the Superior Region President while overseeing 54 chapters.

"There are six regions in the state of California and the Superior Region is just north of Sacramento, all to the way to the Oregon border. This year I was fortunate enough to be elected as president of the region," Neugebauer said. "The FFA and this agricultural community has set the basis for my life, it's really taught me responsibility."

Eventually Jace would like to his Masters degree in Agriculture Business.

But before that happens, he still has some unfinished business to take care of in high school on the football field.

It's not records that this well-rounded individual is after, he wants a section title, something that's eluded Fall River since 2009.

"The section championship means more to me than any other personal accomplishment or any other personal thing that I've ever done in my life," said Neugebauer.

That attitude is something that fills Jace's father and head ball coach Rick Neugebauer with pride.

"I'm very proud of Jace. Coaches, dad, everybody, it's been great, and we look forward to the future," said Rick Neugebauer.

A future that appears full of promise.

Fall River High's Jace Neugebauer is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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