For the record, it took three weeks for the 2011 high school football season to toss up a truly embarrassing blowout. When the rout came, it was the product of a Texas powerhouse playing against an over-matched, inner-city squad in the midst of a 35-game losing streak.
The result was Keller (Texas) Timber Creek's 73-0 pasting of Dallas (Texas) Jefferson High, a game which was, amazingly, possibly even more one-sided than the scoreline suggests. As reported by the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Timber Creek Falcons scored on all nine of the team's offensive possessions.
Yet even those nine scoring drives were not enough to account for Timber Creek's 73 points, with the Falcons also adding two touchdowns on interception returns.
Just how complete was the blowout? Consider this: The Falcons led 49-0 at halftime, and held a whopping 42-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
By game's end, Timber Creek finished with 417 total yards on offense. Jefferson had just 72. Five different Falcons danced into the end zone in the first half alone.
As has been the case with other notable blowouts across the nation, Timber Creek's win toed the line between unsportsmanlike conduct and a team trying to minimize damage against an outrageously overmatched foe. While Timber Creek's margin of victory is about as large as one we'll ever see on a high school football field, only 24 of its points came in the second half.
Additionally, those 24 second-half points were racked up almost entirely with a second-string offense playing against a rapidly tiring Jefferson defense.
While those mitigating factors may make the blowout less offensive for most, a 73-0 loss is still very hard to swallow. Now all anyone can do is sit back and hope that Jefferson still comes out next week, and that the team's defensive starters are able to keep themselves together in the face of a very disappointing Thursday night.