October 17, 2011
Of all the incredible statistical anomalies and inspiring performances that have emerged from the ongoing 2011 high school football season, no games have been as eye-opening as Friday's Forth Worth (Texas) Southwest High matchup against Arlington Heights (Texas) High. That's because performances during Southwest's 66-21 victory accounted for three state records, tying one national mark in the process.
• Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris threw for a Texas state-record nine touchdown passes. The previous mark was eight.
• Southwest receiver Robbie Rhodes tied a national record -- and set a state mark -- with eight touchdown catches.
• Rhodes also set a state record for most receiving yards in a game, finishing with 390 in the win against Arlington Heights. That mark was good for the sixth most in a single game nationwide all time, behind the record set by Indiana receiver Gehrig Dieter (447 yards) earlier this year.
You can see highlights from both players' record-breaking performances in the video above.
While Rhodes' national mark will understandably gain the lion's share of attention, all three marks are truly amazing. Yet, the fact that all three fell in the same game is more remarkable still. That Harris and Rhodes' fates would be closely tied is no major surprise, but still … three records on the same night?
Let's let the the players themselves try to put the marks in perspective.
"I was just looking to score every time we had the ball," Rhodes told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "If we score every time, we win. It was an important game and we needed to win."
Harris was quick to give plenty of credit to Rhodes for helping him make history.
"It was a lot like [catching fish on every cast]," Harris told the Star-Telegram. "I had to scramble a few times, but it makes you feel good if you get it out there he is going to catch it."
Incredibly, Rhodes got to the ball more often than he didn't, and found ways to get to the end zone from a variety of distances. Rhodes' scores came from 68, 20, 53, 48, 74, 32, 41, and 29 yards, according to statistics compiled by the Star-Telegram.
That's an impressive crop of catches, no matter who was pulling them in, and who they came against. That they would come in a tough Texas division makes the accomplishment all the more remarkable, both for Rhodes and Harris, who have played together since the seventh grade.
Unfortunately for future Southwest opponents, Rhodes said he and his quarterback have no plans of slowing up anytime soon.
"You just see the ball coming and you go and get it," he said. "I'm ready to go out and catch as many as I can."