Wed Sep 21 04:17pm EDT
You thought Cam Newton had a good game in the Panthers' opening week loss? He did, yet those stats pale in comparison to the ones put up by a trio high school athletes in September.
First, Hackett (Ark.) running back Dillon Yazel opened his season with a 7 touchdown performance that included 462 yards and six scores on just 14 rushes (the other touchdown came on a reception). Then there are quarterbacks Javan Shashaty, the Calvary (Fla.) Christian Academy passer, and Lone Peak (Utah) High's star signal caller Chase Hansen, who is pictured below. Both quarterback's accounted for eight touchdowns in their teams' respective victories.
Yazel racked up his impressive statistics in Hackett's 58-35 win against Gore (Okla.) High. The senior was a one-man wrecking crew, accounting for more than 60 percent of his team's scoring … and that doesn't include the requisite extra points after each of his touchdowns. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his stats accounted for a new single-game state rushing record. Crunch his numbers further and you find that he averaged 29 yards every time he touched the ball. That is truly frightening.
As amazing as Yazel's per touch numbers were, that's how good Shashaty was through the air. The senior threw for 531 yards and a Broward County record eight touchdowns en route to the Eagles' 55-26 rout of Pompano Beach (Fla.) Highlands Christian School. Incredibly, he racked up those yards and scores on just 16 completed passes; he was 16-of-22 through the air.
"It's an incredible feeling … it's like a dream really because you don't think about throwing that many touchdown passes in a game," Shashaty told the Miami Herald. "It feels great, but the best part about it is the team winning."
Not to be outshone, Hansen had the most total yards of the trio of prep superstars, passing for 380 yards and rushing for 171 in Lone Peak's 56-41 victory against Highlands (Utah) High on Friday. As outstanding as that 551-yard total is, his eight touchdowns were more impactful, particularly when you consider the fact that Lone Peak scored 56 points. Do the math, and one can quickly realize that Hansen accounted for literally every single Lone Peak score in the entire game.
Hansen, who threw for six touchdowns and ran for two more, credited the team's overall offense for his outburst, but also insisted that he and the team should perform at a similar level in the future.
"I feel like our offense has the potential to do this every night," Hansen told the Salt Lake Tribue.
If the Utah commit is right, that's a terrifying thought for both future Lone Peak opponents and whoever has the misfortune of keeping track of the Utah state high school football record book.