Hoops-crazy North Carolina can usually count on having at least two of the nation's best college basketball teams. But neither Duke nor UNC (nor N.C. State nor Davidson) put up more than 100 points with any regularity. On Friday night, a high school football team accomplished the feat.
Rightly billed as a matchup of air and ground attacks, Friday night's game between Davidson Day and Harrells Christian Academy proved that both offensive styles can work. In the end, however, Davidson's aerial assault was too much, as quarterback Will Grier threw for 774 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead his team to a 104-80 victory.
That's correct: the losing team scored 80 points and saw its senior running back, Russell Washington, put up eight touchdowns and more than 400 yards. But that wasn't enough to counteract Grier, whose passing stats — if confirmed — would set a national single-game record.
According to MaxPreps, the game may have set records for points and total yards, as well; scorekeepers were still sorting through the game's detritus.
Tyner, Henry close in on records
Speaking of records, two of the nation's top running backs are closing in on historic marks.
Alabama commit Derrick Henry of Yulee (Fla.) is now just over 100 yards shy of setting the all-time rushing record. Considering he's averaging more than 300 yards per game, he should set the record next week. On Friday, Henry ran for 409 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-6 win over Hamilton County. He now has more than 11,000 career yards.
Henry wasn't the only blue-chip recruit to run for 400-plus on Friday. Thomas Tyner of Aloha (Ore.) rushed for 438, but in his case every one was necessary as the Warriors edged Glencoe 38-25. Tyner now has 3,238 yards on the season, less than 100 shy of the Oregon single-season record.
Sunshine State rivals
Just a few years ago, the Muck Bowl settled not only geographic disputes between Pahokee and Glades Central — two high schools on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee in Florida's Palm Beach County — but also played a big role in determining who would go on to claim the state title. Between 2003 and 2009, Pahokee appeared in six state championship games, winning five. Glades Central won three consecutive state titles from 1998-2000 and fell in back-to-back title games in 2009-2010.
The talent in the annual clash was phenomenal. Pahokee has produced several current and former NFL standouts, including Anquan Boldin, Andre Waters and Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins. Glades Central, meanwhile, is the alma mater of Santonio Holmes, Fred Taylor and literally dozens of other NFL players, including Browns rookie Travis Benjamin.
To get a sense of the history and feel of the Muck Bowl, read this Sports Illustrated piece by Austin Murphy from 2009. Both teams have fallen on leaner times since then, however, and while the importance of the game remains, its competitiveness has not. On Friday, Glades Central topped Pahokee 47-18, as Will Likely, Florida's reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year, scored three touchdowns. While it wasn't close, it was a marked improvement for the Blue Devils over last year's 70-0 drubbing at the hands of the Raiders — the most-lopsided game in Muck Bowl history. Glades Central (6-4) has now won five straight Muck Bowls over Pahokee (4-5) and 21 of 32 in all.
In South Florida's other storied rivalry, further south in Miami-Dade County, perennial powers Miami Northwestern and Miami Jackson faced off in the Soul Bowl, with Northwestern prevailing 21-13.
Not high school football, but if you haven't seen highlights of 9-year-old Sam Gordon, you owe it to yourself to watch this. ... Doug Flutie won a Heisman Trophy and is considered the greatest quarterback in Canadian Football League history, with three Grey Cup championships under his belt. Turns out his nephew is no slouch under center, either. Natick (Mass.) QB Troy Flutie, a junior and one of the state's top signal-callers, threw for 175 yards and ran for 53 more on Friday to lead his team to a 21-14 win.