It might be time to rename Iowa the BallHawkeye State.
Ames (Iowa) senior Jake Mills tied a national high school record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns in the same quarter during Friday's 70-6 victory over North. The senior defensive back returned his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season 96 and 76 yards in the second quarter of the Cyclones' blowout win.
Of the 10 other high school players who are recognized as having accomplished the feat in the NFHS Record Book, two are from Iowa and both turned the trick last season. Urbandale's Allen Lazard and Davenport Assumption's Tim Kilfoy each returned two interceptions for touchdowns one week apart in 2011.
(Seven of the players on the list are from Michigan and the first instance of the feat is 1999, which leads us to believe it isn't a stat that has been tracked for very long or diligently. Still, it's an impressive accomplishment.)
“For me, it’s cool to get my name out there and be part of a national record with all of those high school players who have done the same thing,” Mills told the Des Moines Register. “It’s something to look back on as a good memory, but it’s not really for me, it’s for my team.”