It's not every day that a player scores eight touchdowns. In fact, no matter how hard you look, on most Friday nights you won't find a single prep star able to rack up those kind of statistics.
Amazingly, two players achieved that exact feat on Friday, and while they achieved the feat in different ways in different states, both have earned significant attention for their remarkable knack for finding the end zone.
In Texas, Ingleside (Texas) High quarterback Tristen Barajas tied a state record by throwing for eight different touchdowns during his team's 74-6 rout of Robstown (Texas) High. As pointed out by the Dallas Morning News, nine different Texas players have hit that eight touchdown plateau in past seasons, though none may have done it at Barajas' tender age: The first-year starter is only a sophomore.
Barajas' different touchdowns came from a range of different distances as well. He started and finished with 10-yard scoring strikes, adding in TD passes from 42, 63, 17, 57, 10 and 62-yards in between, all part of a 22-of-30 night from the budding star. You can see highlights of all his touchdown passes below via Corpus Christi NBC affiliate KRIS-TV.
Incredibly, six of Barajas' eight touchdowns were thrown to the same family, with both twin brothers David McHugh and Matt McHugh pulling in three touchdown receptions a piece.
According to KRIS-TV, Barajas had no idea he had tied the passing record until he saw a note about it on a Friday night program's Facebook page.
"I was looking on the Friday Night Fever Facebook page, and I saw they mentioned it there. So I went and double checked and found out I had tied the record. It's just unbelievable, because I never thought about being part of history.
"My receivers deserve a lot of credit for that, as well. Having guys like Matt and David and my other wide outs helps a lot."
In Utah, Logan (Utah) signal caller D.J. Nelson pulled off a similar feat by passing for five scores and running for three more himself, leading his Grizzlies to a 67-7 romp against Logan (Utah) Sky View High. According to the Deseret News, Nelson's end zone-focused act was far more diverse, as his five touchdowns were part of a 30-for-43 passing night when he threw for 300 yards. His five touchdown passes landed in the hands of four different receivers.
Not to have his rushing prowess outdone, Nelson ran for 157 yards, including his three touchdowns on the ground.
"He's the best quarterback in the state, I think," Nelson's Logan teammate, running back John Schmidt, told the Deseret News. "He makes the right reads. He can run the ball. He makes things happen out of nothing. He rarely takes a sack and he gets yards every time."
Nelson, who plans to play college football at Utah State, was quick to credit all his teammates for his own success.
" … When our offense gets it rolling, it's tough to stop," Nelson told the Deseret News.
Indeed, it was rolling against Sky View, in a way that even a passer likes of Nelson may never see it roll again.