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QB racks up 618 yards of offense, all but 24 of his team’s, in season’s first game

Ben Rohrbach
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Somewhere between the first and second quarter of South Carolina's first prep football game of the season, J.T. Waters must have found whatever modern-day superheroes use in lieu of phone booths and changed into his Superman underwear.

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Palmetto Christian Academy's J.T. Waters celebrates one of his eight touchdowns on Tuesday -- Facebook

Palmetto Christian Academy's J.T. Waters celebrates one of his eight touchdowns on Tuesday -- Facebook

With his team trailing 21-6, the Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) Palmetto Christian Academy senior quarterback unleashed all eight of his touchdowns and most of his ridiculous 618 total yards on Charleston (S.C.) Porter-Gaud High in a 62-49 come-from-behind win.

The box score (h/t MaxPreps) is simply stunning. Waters completed 15-of-24 passes for 306 yards and a pair of touchdowns in addition to rushing for 312 yards and six scores on 35 carries. That's better than a first down every time he touched the ball on Tuesday.

After senior running back Ryan Roe scored the game's first touchdown, Waters had a hand in his team's final eight scores, accounting for all but 24 yards of his team's offense.

“It's awesome,” Waters told the Moultrie News in the game's aftermath. “This is probably the biggest game in this program's history, and I'm happy to be a part of it.”

Palmetto Christian coach Jim Daniel concurred that the upset of Porter-Gaud marked the 7-year-old program's greatest achievement, "without a doubt," including PCA's 2009 run to the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class AA state title game.

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J.T. Waters totaled more than 600 yards of offense on opening night -- Facebook

J.T. Waters totaled more than 600 yards of offense on opening night -- Facebook

Video of Waters' remarkable effort is available on Charleston's ABC News 4 website.

Waters rushed for 1,644 yards and 31 touchdowns on 222 carries as a junior in addition to completing 102-of-208 pass attempts for 1,512 yards and nine touchdowns for a Palmetto Christian squad that finished the 2012 season with a 7-4 record.

While the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior captured SCISA All-State honors as a quarterback last season, his performance on opening night this summer already eclipsed his 2012 single-game highs of 252 passing yards, 268 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.

While Waters reportedly owns offers from local Division II schools Wingate University and Newberry College, according to the Moultrie News report, we're guessing a few more recruiters might show up for the quarterback's next game against Charleston's Garrett Academy of Technology on Friday -- just three days removed from his 618-yard night.

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