Turns out Marque Northington wasn’t the only Male (Louisville, Ky.) High School football player to set a state record in the Bulldogs’ 23-21 victory over St. Xavier on Friday.
After watching film over the weekend, Male coach Chris Wolfe said quarterback Davis Mattingly officially completed 47 of 64 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns.
The 47 completions would shatter the state record of 40 listed in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book. That mark was set by Hazard’s Steven Sizemore against Jenkins in 2000 and matched by Woodford County’s Steven Duckworth against Franklin County in 2008.
“Davis was superb,” Wolfe said after Friday’s victory. “He had the one (interception), but people don’t know how much he has to do at the snap with what he has to read and his progressions. He’s pretty good at it.”
Mattingly’s 64 attempts were four shy of the state record of 68 set by Williamsburg’s Andy Greer against Casey County in 2002.
Northington finished with a state-record 26 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown. The previous state record for receptions in a game was 19, set by Franklin-Simpson’s Patrick West against Allen County-Scottsville in 2002 and matched by Lewis County’s J.T. Britt against Bracken County in 2007.
Male (11-1) will host Trinity (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Class 6-A regional final.
Jason Frakes also writes for the Courier-Journal.