The second Friday of September proved to be a statistically remarkable one for the world of high school football. Just consider: An Oregon running back shattered state records for most yards and touchdowns in a game; that back's accomplishment was matched by another Oregon runner and two teams in Washington put up almost a season's worth of offense in a tight game.
For whatever reason, all those statistical marvels occurred in the Pacific Northwest. Now it's emerged that a Southern pair also got in on the statistical marvel act, with a quarterback and wide receiver for a Kentucky school breaking state passing and receiving marks during their own team's one-sided win.
As noted by the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Bluegrass State stars in question are Prestonburg (Kent.) High quarterback Jarredd Jarrell and receiver Bryson Williams. Jarrell set a new state record with 676 yards through the air, adding a state single-game record 9 touchdowns in an 83-49 whitewash of Pike County (Kent.) Central High.
Many of those yards and touchdowns landed in the hands of Williams, who finished the rout with 357 yards and 5 touchdowns, both good for state records in their own right. Incredibly, Williams racked up those stats on just eight receptions, meaning that he scored a touchdown on more than half of the times when he touched the ball. Fellow Prestonburg wide receiver Grant Anderson finished with 206 yards and 4 touchdowns as well.
Amazingly, Jarrell's outburst wasn't even the first time a Kentucky quarterback has surpassed 600 yards through the air this season. Just two weeks earlier, Nelson County (Kent.) High quarterback Dylan Beasley set a record with 652 yards. Now, his incredible night has been relegated to second in the state record books.
As for Jarrell, the young quarterback continues to impress as he finds his feet with the wide open Prestonburg attack. As much as anything else, Jarrell's massive numbers highlight an ongoing concern for other Kentucky teams: He's only a sophomore, so opposing fans and defensive coordinators have two more years to get used to watching the passer carve up their formations.
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