Gabe Lumas never considered himself a "shutdown corner" prior to Friday night's game against Flagstaff (Ariz.) High School. The Kingman (Ariz.) High School defensive back hadn't recorded a single interception all season before the game, and based on his team's 0-5 record, it was clear his team was having a difficult time stopping the opposition.
So Lumas decided to take matters into his own hands when his defensive unit took the field. Channeling his inner Darrelle Revis, Lumas went to work shutting down Flagstaff's receivers, picking off opposing quarterbacks Rhyan Robertson and Kyle Kortsen seven times in the game, and helping his team record its first win of the season.
As the Kingman Daily Miner reported, Lumas' incredible seven INT performance put him in rare company. Only 12 players in high school football history have ever recorded six or more interceptions in one game -- the national record is nine INTs in one game -- and while the record hasn't been confirmed, there's talk within the state that Lumas may have set an Arizona high school football record with the performance.
The last time a player recorded seven interceptions in one game on the national high school level was back in 1977. And as the Arizona Republic noted, the only other time that recorded had been matched since then was back in 1942.
"I don't know why they kept throwing to him," Kingman head coach Rob York told the Daily Miner. "We kept telling [cornerback Skyler] Burgess that they are going to start coming after him, but they kept throwing to [Lumas] and Gabe was in the right spots, right where he was supposed to be in coverages, and they threw it right to him."
Lumas, a senior who had aspirations of playing football at the next level, usually started opposite a sophomore cornerback, which meant he rarely saw passes throw his way until the game against Flagstaff. But when Flagstaff started throwing balls in his direction, he knew he needed to make the most of opportunities.
"It was a 'come out' game for him," York told the Arizona Republic. "He is a senior and has aspirations of playing at the next level. I think he is a kid who can play at a smaller college, a D-III or juco. As of right now, I have had no contact from any college coaches to recruit Gabe. He will be a player that I will find a place for him to go."
Just to put Lumas' incredible performance into perspective, only three players in D-I college football recorded more than seven interceptions last season. While it's impossible compare Lumas to some of college football's best, it's clear his single-game performance will go down as one of the best in high school football history.