Unheralded Ohio recruit throws national-record eight TDs in first half

Cameron Smith
Kenton QB Grant Sherman tied two national records with 8 TDs in a half — Rivals.com

Ben Mauk and Maty Mauk both had outstanding prep careers and went on to make an impact at the collegiate level. Still, the famed brothers and graduates of Kenton High (Kenton, Ohio) never accomplished what the most recent starting passer at their alma mater did in a single half.

Facing off against Galion High (Galion, Ohio) in the regional playoffs, Kenton senior quarterback Grant Sherman passed for an astounding eight touchdowns in the first half, helping his squad to a rally-proof 58-0 lead at the break. He sat out the entire second half having already passed for 510 yards in just two quarters.

The eight touchdowns in a half tied an all-time national record, as did the five scores he threw for in the first quarter.

Think about that. Sherman, who stands 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, played two quarters and recorded better stats than almost any quarterback has recorded in an entire game. Even more impressive is that he did it against a Gallion team that entered the Division IV playoff game with a 9-1 record.

As it turns out, Sherman's latest offensive explosion is par for the course for the 6-foot-4, 190-pound passer. According to MaxPreps' statistics, the senior leads the nation with 4,536 yards through the air. Against Galion, he completed 37 of 50 passes; a 74 percent completion percentage.

Backed by Sherman's prolific arm, Kenton is the top-ranked team in Ohio's Division IV and is undefeated at 11-0. Somehow Sherman still is uncommitted and appears to be waiting on firm Division I offers (yes, the nation's top statistical passer is still waiting for someone to offer him a scholarship).

What that says about the recruiting process is open for interpretation. What isn't up for debate is Sherman's talent; the kid can play.

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