December 02, 2010
There's a new single-season state-record receiver in California, but it took a very long video replay to figure it out.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) High School senior receiver Richard Mullaney pulled in 122 passes during his team's 2010 campaign, instead of the 120 he was originally credited with. Those two receptions are crucial because the existing California single-season state record was 121, set by former Los Angeles Wilson wide receiver Steve Martinez.
So, how could statisticians from across the Los Angeles region have missed two of Mullaney's receptions? In part due to his coach's deception. It turns out that Mullaney was the receiving lynchpin on two hook-and-ladder plays earlier in the season. The receiver didn't receive credit for a reception on either one of those occasions.
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While the record isn't in Mullaney's hands yet, it seems very likely that Cal-Hi Sports, which organizes the state records, will certify those two receptions and the new state mark in the Thousand Oaks High receiver's name as well.
According to the new statistics, Mullaney gained a whopping 1,703 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in the 2010 season. A big chunk of those marks came in his final game, a 57-34 loss to rival Oaks Christian (Calif.) High. In the loss, Mullaney finished with 19 catches (it was originally unclear if he had caught 19 or 20 passes), a mark which was originally one grab short of the state record.
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