W.T. Woodson quarterback Brandon Corso has gained a reputation for throwing games. Entire games. But for the junior signal-caller, his Friday night air shows have become more than just a passing fancy.

Averaging nearly 40 passes per game, a rate unheard of in Virginia football annals, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder's 165 completions have already established a state season record. And, though the Cavaliers have posted only a 3-5 record, there is no place Corso would rather be.

"For me {Woodson} is probably the best place in Virginia to be," he said, "because that's what I want to be doing -- throwing the football."

That's exactly what he's doing. With an undersized lineup that forced the Cavaliers away from the running game, Coach Ken Poates installed a variation on the run-and-shoot -- only Woodson doesn't run.

"It's great, I enjoy it a lot," said Mike Woolever, who leads the region with an astounding 54 catches in eight games. "It's run-and-shoot but it's basically an all passing offense."

And Corso's passing statistics are astonishing. He has completed 56 percent of his 296 passes for 1,778 yards, an average of over 220 yards per game. He has 10 completions for touchdowns and has only 16 interceptions despite the complexity of his offense and a defense that knows what he's about to do. Working entirely from the shotgun formation, the Cavaliers average less than 12 running plays per game and have played three games in which they rushed six times or less.

"Instead of asking the kids to do what they can't do, we ask them to do what they do well," said Poates. "The kids have taken a lot of pride in pass blocking and they get a big thrill in not allowing sacks."

Tackles Matt Graham and Sean Griffey, guards Matt Smith and Scott Anderson and center Derek Nicely have allowed only 13 sacks in 296 passing attempts, a rate of one sack per 23 throws.

The protection is essential in the dynamic offense which involves both receivers and lineman improvising at the line of scrimmage. Then Corso must read the entire field.

"The biggest thing has been his ability to read defenses. He's been able to do that more than any quarterback I've ever had," said Poates, who coached Miami Dolphins quarterback Scott Secules at Chantilly.

Six Cavalier receivers have more than a dozen receptions. Juniors Shane Gleason (24 catches), Mike Healy (21) and Brent Weisner (16), senior Hoang Le (20) and sophomore Wilburt Spencer (13) are often on the end of a Corso aerial. But Woolever is usually Corso's first option.

"Mike is more of a possession-type receiver. He has a toughness which is probably unmatched by any receiver I've had in the past," said Poates. "He has an uncanny sense to be able to get open."

Yet the stunning passing success is contradicted by the Cavaliers record and only 107 points scored, the ninth lowest figure in the 27-team region. Many of their drives have bogged down inside the 20-yard line as errors and miscommunicatons have plagued their efforts.

In games against Fairfax and T.C. Williams Corso threw for a combined 46 completions and 457 yards -- but the Cavaliers failed to score. "When we get down close the field is so much shorter it makes it harder because we're trying to spread the defense," said Corso, who also has all three of Woodson's rushing touchdowns this season.

Corso attended quarterback camps last summer at the University of Miami and the University of Florida. It was at those camps that he gained the mental frame of mind necessary to look into a defense that knows you're going to throw, and throw.

"I think {the camps} helped me because I saw a lot of real good quarterbacks there and it gave me self-confidence," said Corso. "I saw I could throw as well as a lot of those guys there."

This weekend Corso will attend Virginia's matchup against Georgia Tech as a guest of Virginia. Corso can expect many more recruiting invitations and he'd like to attend a school that emphasizes the passing game. Poates feels the next nine months will determine his future.

"Obviously, I think he's a major college quarterback," Poates said. "But {his progress} between now and next August will dictate how good he'll be on that level."

Next year the Cavaliers hope to run the ball more often but they will not abandon the air attack. And, chances are the problems the Cavaliers experienced this year will pass.

"It's frustrating when things go wrong but the way we run it is high-risk," said Woolever. "But it's exciting when it works well. When we're all on the same track it's pretty hot."