It took a week to validate, but a high school quarterback at an obscure Oregon school that competes in the state's smallest classification pulled off a feat which, according to the Portland Oregonian, no one in football history -- not the NFL, NCAA, junior college or high school -- has ever done before: He threw for 11 touchdown passes in a single game.
Yes, you read that last sentence correctly: McKenzie (Ore.) High quarterback Will Totten threw for an almost incomprehensible 11 touchdowns during his team's wild, 88-80 victory against Lowell (Ore.) High. The 11 touchdowns were part of the senior's inspiring 553 yards passing total. He added 117 yards and a touchdown on the ground, bringing the total number of scores he had a hand in to 12.
In fact, Totten had a hand in all but one of McKenzie's touchdowns from an astounding record-setting day; the 168 points that the two teams combined to score set a state record for most points in a game.
"It was a wild-west shootout," Totten told The Register-Guard. "One of the most fun games I have ever been a part of. I'll probably remember it for the rest of my life."
Whether or not Totten really is the first to pass for 11 touchdowns may be in question, however. As many Prep Rally readers were quick to point out, former University of Houston quarterback David Klingler passed for 11 touchdowns against Eastern Washington University in an 84-21 victory during the 1990 season. That stands as an NCAA record, though Eastern Washington plays in the NCAA's football championship subdivision (former Division IAA), a lower classification than Houston. It's unknown if anyone at any level has ever accounted for 12 touchdowns in a game, which Totten achieved by passing for 11 and scoring another on the ground.
McKenzie competes at the eight-man football level, a classification where scores are known to reach higher than they do in the traditional, 11-man version of the sport. Still, no one had seen the type of stats piled up during McKenzie's victory, in which the Eagles had to continually add to their edge against Lowell as the Red Devils refused to go away.
According to The Register-Guard, by game's end the teams had combined for 25 touchdowns. The scoring plays that led to those touchdowns alone accounted for more than 700 yards of offense.
The two teams' offenses looked so unstoppable that Lowell coach Pat Todd reportedly looked up at the scoreboard and momentarily wondered if he was at a basketball game. Fittingly, a number of the McKenzie football stars are also standouts on the Eagles basketball team, none more notably than Totten himself.
Now, he has another claim to fame: Being the first quarterback to pass for 11 touchdowns at any level, ever. While he may not be used to it yet, it sounds like Totten is OK with that mark being connected to his name.
"That's cool," Totten said. "It was a pretty memorable experience. You don't think about it during the game, but afterwards it is kind of cool to hear those stats."