Kraig Pruett’s highlight video from Friday night tells as much by what it doesn’t show as what it does demonstrate.
Though Pruett, a 5-foot-8 junior receiver for Waldport (Ore.) finished with a single-game national record 455 receiving yards and four touchdown catches, there were three or four other occasions where he took a knee or went out of bounds when he likely would have scored. But, with the Irish en route to a 48-0 defeat of Culver, Pruett had already established his bonafides.
“There are other teams in our league that let games get out of hand and we didn’t want to do that,” Waldport coach Ed Townsend said. “We tried to kick seven field goals. Kraig could have gotten more yardage and three or four more touchdowns.”
Pruett broke the record of 434, set last season by Washington (South Bend, Ind.) receiver Gehrig Dieter, now at Southern Methodist. Pruett has been consistent this season, getting 100 or more receiving yards in every game but one. On Friday, his numbers were aided because another receiver was out with an injury. Waldport quarterback T.J. Fisher threw 18 of his 23 completions to Pruett. On several occasions, Pruett turned a short pass into a big gain with a slippery sidestep and a quick burst of speed.
“He’s obviously had a really good season and has done a lot for us,” Townsend said. “A lot of it is yards after the catch.”
Pruett transferred this summer to 2A Waldport from West Salem (Salem, Ore.), a Class 6A school where he played JV last season.
“He’s a great kid, a pastor’s son,” Townsend said. “We have a bunch of jokesters on the team who takes things kind of lightly but he came in from a winning program and has set a new tone. The kids start to see that and it is contagious.”
The rest of this week’s top high school football performances (in alphabetical order):
A.J. Collins, Cooper (Burlington, Ky.)
Ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 74-yard touchdown pass; recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes, including one for a touchdown, in a 48-0 playoff defeat Friday of Anderson County (Lawrenceburg, Ky.).
Todd Jones, St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia)
Had 15 tackles, including 10 solos, and had an interception in Philadelphia Catholic League semifinal playoff 29-6 defeat of Archbishop Ryan (Philadelphia) on Saturday.
Aaron Kimpson, McMinn County (Athens, Tenn.)
Had 12 tackles and five sacks in 44-22 playoff defeat of Bradley Central (Cleveland, Tenn.) on Friday.
Nick Oswald, North Andover (Mass.)
Ran 17 times for 402 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-28 defeat of Dracut (Mass.) on Friday.
Joey Rhattigan, Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.)
Ran for 344 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-33 playoff defeat of Bolingbrook (Ill.) on Friday.
Luke Rubenzer, Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Threw for 268 yards and five touchdowns in his team’s 42-14 playoff defeat of Cactus (Glendale, Ariz.) on Friday.
Chris Sarni, Wellesley (Mass.)
Passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-34 defeat of Natick (Mass.) on Saturday.
Mitch Trubisky, Mentor (Ohio)
Passed for 344 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for a touchdown in a 45-35 defeat of Warren Harding (Warren, Ohio) in a state Division I Region I playoff on Saturday.
Troy Williams, Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.)
Threw for 347 yards and six touchdowns in the No. 25 Gauchos’ 53-7 defeat of Gardena (Calif.) on Friday.