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2013-07-25 / Sports

Texas Football Records

by Mike Organ

Having read thoroughly Texas Football, I learned some of the all time records were set at nearby schools. Like the one-game rushing record of 587 yards, set by Daryl Ellis of Somerville against Thrall. The two schools met in one of the all time highest scoring games, as the final was 80-78. The Thrall quarterback, Guthrie, had one of the best passing games on record, until the wide open offenses of today.

Josh Whatley of Rogers caught 122 passes in the 1997 season. That was a state record for a while, as this Rogers team helped change the mind of a lot of offensive coordinators. Rogers went undefeated that season with the then-innovative no-huddle, wide open passing attack, until the last game when rain and cold weather stymied them. The mind-changing offense has changed a lot of offensive records in high school football.

Brock Fitzhenry of Giddings had 27 consecutive games of 100 yards or more rushing during his tenure of 2004 through 2006. He was basically unstoppable in the ground-oriented attack the Buffs ran. He had Devane Jarmon as the first option, Fitzhenry as the second, and a plethora of Giddings speed as the third option.

You can always find the “Sugarland Express,” Kenneth Hall, in the record books. Hall rushed for 4,045 yards in 12 games in 1953. That was all the games he could play. At the time, Class B only went to Regional competition, depriving Hall of the chance to play in 15 games. Hall also rushed for 11,232 yards in his high school career, which spanned 1950-53. If Hall could have played 15 games in each of the four seasons, instead of 12, the legend could have had numbers unfathomable to record chasers.

Not even listed was the 56 points scored by Lexington’s Fount Wade against Giddings. The record prior to 1951 was 75 points in a game. The basketball record probably isn’t that high!!!!

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