September 06, 2011
The state of Texas has seen some incredible high school football performances over the years, but the one Hemphill (Texas) High School's Justin Twine put on Friday night against West Sabine will go down as one of the best in state history. Not only did the sophomore single-handedly take down the opposition in Hemphill's second game of the season, he did it with some eye-popping rushing numbers that had the Twitter world buzzing following his team's 77-56 victory.
How good were Twine's video game-esque stats? Try 459 yards rushing and six touchdowns, with three of his scoring runs measuring 90-plus yards; he also had another touchdown run called back. For good measure, he also threw for another touchdown in one of the greatest single-game performances in state history.
But the story gets ever more incredible when you realize Twine isn't even the team's starting tailback. As Central Texas radio program director David Smoak said on Dave Campbell's Texas High School football site -- Smoak was the first to report the incredible performance on Twitter -- that's what makes the performance so amazing.
Out of all those incredible players, all running backs, and no one, no one had ever come close to what Hemphill sophomore Justin Twine accomplished last Friday against West Sabine.
And, he's not even a running back, he's a quarterback with blazing speed.
Let that sink in for a second: a quarterback rushed for 459 yards in a high school football game. The unofficial stats had the Hemphill quarterback at 534 yards for the game -- which would have put him just 54 yards short of the state's all-time single-game rushing record of 588 yards, held by Darryl Ellis of Somerville -- but by Sunday, the Texas-sized numbers had been reduced by 75 yards.
Even though Twine will only end up in the record books with the second-best rushing performance in state history, his night still allowed him to break the school rushing record of 450 yards, set in 1988.
Only a sophomore, I guess there's a reason he's already being recruited by, among others, Ohio State, Penn State, Mississippi and Texas Tech. Following his once-in-a-lifetime performance, it's safe to say Twine will be getting a few more letters in the mail this week from prospective teams.