Ocean City is starting to gain a reputation as “Quarterback High” after the likes of Andrew Donoghue, Joe Repetti and now Riley Gunnels. The son of a former pro, Gunnels fit the bill of “QB1” to a tee.
Big and mobile with a strong arm, he passed for 1,500 yards as a senior despite every opponent knowing he was the Red Raiders’ best offensive option. He completed 117 of 200 passes and threw for nine touchdowns, and had more than 150 yards passing in four of Ocean City’s 11 games. For his career, in basically two seasons, Gunnels racked up nearly 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
He also was a leader on the Red Raiders’ baseball team, playing first base and coming up with 21 RBIs during his two years on varsity. As a junior, he helped the baseball program go 19-9 as O.C. reached the semifinals of the CAL Tournament and championship game of the South Jersey Group 3 bracket.