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New Mexico QB sets state record with 628 passing yards, receiver sets two marks but team still loses

Cameron Smith
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Occasionally, two or more players click together so well in a single performance that they both end up setting new records. Sometimes those top marks are even the best a state has ever seen. That's not all too rare. What is rather remarkable is when a pair of players from the same team set new records and they're team still comes up short.

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Tyler Sorenson passed for a state record 628 yards but Navajo Prep still lost — Navajo Prep football

Tyler Sorenson passed for a state record 628 yards but Navajo Prep still lost — Navajo Prep football

That's precisely what happened in the Land of Enchantment, where quarterback Tyler Sorenson and receiver Isaiah Yazzie, both stars for Navajo Prep (Farmington, N.M.), set new state records for single game passing yards, single game receptions and single game receiving yards, yet still ended up on the wrong side of the scoreline.

Despite the duo's record performance, Navajo Prep was topped 48-44 by Escalante High (Tierra Amarilla, N.M.)

The record night was reported on by MaxPreps, which noted that Sorenson's 628 passing yards were a particularly notable improvement over the state's previous mark of 546, set in 2003. Yazzie's 15 receptions were one more than the previous record and his 338 yards were exactly one yard more than the previous record holder, Max Suazo Jr. of Taos High (Taos, N.M.)

Still, MaxPreps was also quick to highlight Escalante's brightest light, who found a way to counter the record performances by Sorenson and Yazzie. Escalante quarterback Reynaldo Atencio rushed for one touchdown and passed for two others in his squad's offensively-minded win.

Perhaps more importantly, he served as a powerful distraction to help the team's other offensive weapons do damage to the Navajo Prep defense.

Intriguingly, Atencio holds the state record for rushing touchdowns in a season himself, scoring 49 in 2012.

That may have helped him keep his focus against Navajo Prep, even as two of his foes were having an out-of-body like game.

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