California QB Jake Browning ties national record for TDs in a game during first career start

Cameron Smith
August 29, 2012

It took Sacramento (Calif.) Folsom High sophomore quarterback Jake Browning exactly one game to earn a spot in the national records books.

In the first outing of his starting career, Browning completed an astounding 34 of 51 passes for 686 yards and a national record-tying 10 touchdowns. The signal caller's remarkable debut paced Folsom to a one-sided 68-28 rout of Woodcreek (Calif.) High.

As noted by the Sacramento Bee, Browning's performance was made even more impressive by the fact that it came on the road.

"Incredible game," Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson told the Bee. "We knew we had something special in him. He can really sling it. He knows the offense inside and out. We want an accurate guy and he's accurate. Totally mature, ready to do his thing. It's exciting."

Exciting might be an understatement; apparently every time Browning steps back he has a legitimate chance to get the ball in the end zone. Browning spread his record night's receiving totals all over the field, completing 10 or more passes to two receivers and 8 to another. Receiver Philip Carter finished with 10 catches for 317 yards and five touchdowns, leading Folsom's dynamic receiving attack.

As one might guess, Folsom often opts to utilize short screen passes rather than a traditional running game on the ground, using a pseudo June Jones-spread offense system.

Those screen passes came into play multiple times during the Woodcreek rout, with the homestanding victims of Browning's gun (bad pun intended) routinely blitzing … and paying the price for doing so.

"Our run game is our quick pass-game, and it's no different than a power-I team running all over someone," Richardson told the Bee's Joe Davidson. "We make a short catch on a bubble screen when they blitz seven and he's gone. They blitzed seven all night. That's the risk-reward when you blitz the house."

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