A pair of Kentucky prep football teammates set separate state records in the same game, and Male High (Louisville) needed every bit of each to knock off district rival St. Xavier (Louisville) in a 23-21 regional semifinal victory.
Sophomore quarterback Davis Mattingly completed 47-of-64 attempts for 429 yards and a pair of scores for the Bulldogs in their winning effort. A whopping 26 of those completions went to junior wide receiver Marque Northington for 206 yards and a score.
Mattingly's 47 completions and Northington's 26 receptions both set state single-game records, according to The Courier-Journal, respectively shattering the previous marks of 40 (twice, in 2000 and 2008) and 19 (twice, in 2002 and 2007).
Despite the record-setting performances, Male required a remarkable 17-play drive engineered by Mattingly in the game's final four minutes -- punctuated by a 21-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining -- to avoid blowing a 20-0 lead to St. Xavier.
"I had a feeling I was going to get the ball a lot because they left me wide-open in the flats," Northington told The Courier-Journal. "The screens are our bread-and-butter."
Added Mattingly : "We knew he'd be able to beat his man outside, so it was pretty expected. I didn't expect that many, but it’s always great to have a player with a state record on your team."
It wasn't until Male coach Chris Wolfe watched the game film that his quarterback learned the Bulldogs actually feature two players with state records.
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