Amazing High School Football Records
It's a Friday night, and for many, that means one thing: high school football! As a matter of fact, many schools are celebrating homecoming this week and next, meaning big crowds of returning alums.
We're treated to all kinds of stats when watching college and/or pro football ("That's a new record for_____, and with that catch, he becomes the all-time leading ____"), but what about some of the big-time numbers put up by those in the prep ranks?
Let's take a look at a few (courtesy of Maxpreps.com):
91 touchdown passes in a season, Corey Robinson, Lone Oak (Paducah, Ky.), 2007
The way some teams pass the ball these days, it wouldn't surprise us if this record someday went by the wayside, but when Robinson set the national record in 2007, he beat the previous mark by 14 touchdowns. There was even some thought at the time that Robinson might throw for an unheard of 100 touchdowns on the season, but he slowed down a bit during Lone Oak's playoff run, throwing only nine touchdowns over the final three games and only one in a 49-7 championship loss to Lexington Catholic. Perhaps more amazing than Robinson's 91 touchdown passes, however, is the fact that he threw a reported four interceptions in 520 passing attempts.
Okay, that's impressive...so is this:
35 interceptions season, Jim Linnstaeder, Brenham (Brenham, Texas), 1956
Even if a team played 16 games, a defensive player would need to average over two interceptions per game to even come close to Linnstaeder's mark. Last year, according to stats reported to MaxPreps, Bassfield (Miss.) led the nation last season with only 34 interceptions - as a team.
But wait, there's more:
594.5 yards rushing per game season - John Giannantonio, Netcong (N.J.), 1950 (4756/8)
Giannantonio could have a top ten list all to himself. He reportedly has a national record of 4,756 rushing yards in a season, but that's only about 260 yards more than Tyler Ebell's mark while at Ventura (Calif.) in 2000. He also had 754 yards in one game, which is just under 100 yards more than the total Paul McCoy of Matewan (W.Va.) had in 2006. However Giannantonio makes this list with his outrageous average of 594.5 rushing yards per game, which is 257 yards more than Hall's second-best total of 337.1 yards per game. Interestingly enough, Giannantonio is listed with an average of 594.5 yards per game, yet only his 754-yard outburst is listed in the National Federation record book on a list of performances that bottoms out at 555 yards rushing in a single game.
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Have a great weekend.