Ray Lewis had a big game last week, leading his team to a dominant victory with 504 yards, two touchdowns and six completed tackles. No, we're not crazy, we're just not talking about the Ray Lewis you're thinking of; it's not the Baltimore Ravens linebacker. We're talking about his son, Ray Lewis III, a budding sophomore star at Lake Mary Prep High School in Florida.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Ray Lewis III gained 504 yards in a 34-7 Lake Mary Prep win over Windermere Prep on Friday. Here's how his amazing offensive output broke down:
• 206 total yards and two touchdowns on punt returns
• 101 total yards on kickoff returns
• 104 yards rushing
• 27 yards receiving
• 66 yards passing, on a perfect 6-for-6 performance through the air
That's not bad. As Fanhouse pointed out, Lewis III's 504 yards was a full 328 more yards than the Jets put up against his dad's defense on Monday night. And, perhaps just to prove he is that Ray Lewis' son, Lewis III registered six tackles, too.
[Photos: See star linebacker Ray Lewis in action]
The Griffins also won their season opener in a similar rout, drilling First Academy 35-6. Lewis III's stats were less eye-popping in that game, though only slightly. He finished with 268 total yards, including 173 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns ... and seven tackles.
Lewis III may only be turning some heads now, but he's actually been a budding talent for a few years. In 2008, Lewis III was the first pick to play in the inaugural Football University Youth All-America Bowl as an eighth grader. He was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section and spoke with the New York Times and USA Today shortly thereafter. The hype followed a middle school career in which he set a school record with five touchdowns in a game while hopping between running back, quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and just about any other position on the field, as you can see in his middle school highlight clip above.
The elder Lewis has also been boasting about his son's talent for a few years, too, as you can see in the clip below.
And Lewis III's former coach gushes about him almost as much as his father does.
"He smells the football as a linebacker," former Lake Mary Prep coach Matt Arena told WNST.com's Casey Willet in 2008. "Great instincts."
It's not hard to tell where those instincts come from, though with his current success, Lewis III may spend a lot more of his time on the other side of the ball from his famous father.
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