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  • Photo courtesy of the Kenton Times

    From left to right: Mike, Maty and Ben Mauk pose during Maty's days in Kenton, Ohio. Now Mike is coaching in Missouri, and he has a record-breaking quarterback already.

    After 20 years of coaching in Ohio, Mike Mauk, formerly of Kenton (Ohio), has his fingerprints all over the football record book in that state thanks to his highly successful offensive system.

    This year, however, Mauk moved to Missouri to be closer to his son Maty, who is playing for the University of Missouri, and it's only taken few weeks for his offense to make an imprint on the Missouri state football record book.

    In a 48-47 win over previously undefeated Kickapoo (Mo.) last week, Mauk and his Glendale (Springfield, Mo.) team picked up their first win of the season (1-4). In doing so, quarterback Alex Austin set state records for completions and attempts in a single game by completing 58 of 82 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns.

    "It couldn't come at a greater opportunity," Mauk told the Springfield News Leader. "(The Falcons) just kept doing things that we haven't been able to do in previous weeks, and I think that's a sign of their maturity, their confidence, their development and where we're trying to get going as a football program."

    Mauk's two sons, Ben and Maty Mauk, along with Grant Sherman, combine to hold eight national records and all of the significant Ohio state passing records. In Missouri, Austin now holds two state records.

    Austin's 58 completions actually tie a national record set by Sherman, who was the quarterback for Mauk's Kenton team last year. Sherman went on to tie a national record for completions in a season with 440.

    The 58 completions also broke the Missouri state record that Austin tied just two weeks ago in a 53-48 loss to West Plains. He was 45 of 75 in that game. The 75 attempts were a Missouri record, but Austin broke that mark against Kickapoo with his 82 passes.

    The 82 attempts rank third all-time in national history. The record is 87, set last year by Tyler Hutchinson of Greenville (Ill.).

    Austin's 586 yards rank second in state history behind Eric Czerniewski of Montgomery County (Montgomery City), who threw for 602 yards in 2004.

    Austin currently leads the nation in passing yardage with 1,880 yards in five games. As a junior, Austin threw for just 286 yards during Glendale's 1-9 season.

    Maty Mauk, University of Missouri quarterback

  • It may not have been October 31 on the calendar, but Florence Christian (S.C.) had a Halloween trick for Laurence Manning.

    Florence Christian used a trick play named for the famous fall holiday to come away with an 8-7 win on Friday night.

    A touchdown with eight minutes remaining helped Florence Christian come within a point of Laurence Manning, 7-6.

    That's when Florence Christian head coach Neil Minton called for the Halloween play.

    "We call it Halloween because it is either going to be a trick or a treat," Minton told SCNow after the game. "I was kind of looking for the right spot for it. And with the way our defense was playing, I felt we could get a stop, and our offense would be able to move it down field if we missed."

    Florence Christian lined up for what appeared to be a normal extra point attempt. Holder Austin Drummond received the snap and did a quick toss to Alex James, who was running laterally around toward the opposite sideline.

    James easily found the end zone, to give Florence Christian an 8-7 lead and eventually, a win.

  • Whenever Apollos Hester's football career is over, he may have a future as a motivational speaker.

    Hester's words, charisma and smile went viral on Sunday night after his video interview with TWC News in Austin was posted on Deadspin.

    "You can do anything you put your mind to. Never give up on your dreams," Hester told reporter, Lauren Mickler, in an impromptu speech that could not have been any better if Hester had rehearsed it dozens of times.

    East View (Georgetown, Texas) seems to have taken Hester's message to heart. The team sits at 4-0 heading into a week five matchup against Vista Ridge.

    See Hester's speech in the video above.
  • *UPDATE (8:30 p.m. PT): According to Evan Watkins of 247Sports, Sweat did not break any bones in his leg, but suffered a dislocated kneecap which was put back into place at the hospital. He is being taken in for an MRI to see if there is any structural damage.

    Various reports on Twitter indicate that Josh Sweat, the nation's top recruit according to 247Sports, was carried off the field on a stretcher and driven away in an ambulance during Friday night's game between Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) and Western Branch (Chesapeake, Va.).

    Sweat reportedly injured his lower leg, but the severity and nature of the injury is unknown at this point. Some are reporting a knee injury, while others are saying it is a broken leg.

    According to 757Teamz, Sweat gave a "thumbs up" sign as he was carried into the ambulance on a stretcher.

    Sweat was in the midst of a stellar senior season after drawing Jadeveon Clowney comparisons on the summer circuit. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end has yet to commit to a college, with Florida State and Virginia Tech the apparent frontrunners.

    We will continue to update the story as more information is revealed.

  • Entering the season, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) defensive end Josh Sweat was ranked the No. 1 recruit in the country in the 247Sports Composite.

    Since then he's done little to give up his perch.

    In the team's most recent game, a matchup with talented city rival Indian River, Sweat dominated from the defensive end position, wreaking havoc on the quarterback.

    Sweat totaled four sacks and two deflected passes in the 46-7 win.

    Check him out in the video above.
  • File photo by Jim Stout

    The coaches of the Kennedy football program sprang into action when they saw a player being harmed.

    Two Connecticut high school football coaches are being called heroes today, after a selfless act to defend one of their players.

    According to WSFB in Hartford, Kennedy coaches Gilberto Velasquez and Roy Thompson sprung into action on Friday afternoon when the duo witnessed a Kennedy (Waterbury) freshman football player being robbed and physically harmed by a pair of men before football practice.

    Velasquez and Thompson rushed to the player's aid and freed him from harm's way. However, the attackers then turned their aggression toward the two coaches.

    "My well-being and safety is second to my players," Velasquez told WSFB.

    Velasquez reportedly suffered a fractured eye socket, contusions to the chest, cracked ribs and a cracked sinus cavity.

    Somehow, he and Thompson were able to subdue the attackers until police arrived.

    "At Kennedy, we teach that we're family, and family sticks together, no matter what," Velasquez said.

  • It took a hurricane to stop Team USA 18U from scoring runs in the COPABE Pan American games in La Paz, Mexico, but it still managed to capture the gold medal after finishing undefeated in the tournament.

    According to the Team USA website, the team was expected to play Cuba in the championship game on Sunday, but the expected landfall of Hurricane Odile resulted in the cancellation of the contest mid-game.
    File photo by Oladipo Awowale

    Trent Clark, Richland

    Team USA was leading Cuba 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when officials canceled the game. USA was given the gold medal after finishing 8-0 in tournament play.

    During tournament play, Team USA was practically unstoppable. A 15-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday, a 5-4 win over Cuba on Friday and a 10-0 win over Mexico on Saturday gave Team USA a 110-5 run differential in the eight tournament games.

    Against Ecuador, Dazmon Cameron hit a pair of home runs and finished 2-for-3 with seven RBIs. He finished the tournament with 19 RBIs. Logan Tolbert and Luken Baker combined for a no-hitter, finishing one walk away from a perfect game. Tolbert got the win, striking out three in four innings.

    Against Cuba, Team USA needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win. Nick Madrigal singled in the seventh and scored on Trent Clark's base hit. Clark set a new Team USA record with 20 RBIs during the event.

    Against Mexico, Kyle Molnar went seven innings and pitched a one-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks. Elih Marrero had a home run and three RBIs to pace the USA offense.

    Clark finished as the team's top overall hitter with a .565 average. Ke'Bryan Hayes also batted over .500 at .542, while Madrigal led the team in runs scored with 17. Molnar was 2-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA. Kolby Allard was 1-0 with 10 strikeouts.

  • When Plains (Mont.) scored a touchdown in its season opener against Shelby on Sept. 5, head coach Juan Lulack knew exactly what play to call.

    He signaled to attempt a two-point conversion and called a play that the team had been working on in practice: The Ninja.

    Quarterback Ethan Stafford took the snap and then turned directly around so his back faced Shelby's defense.

    Shelby was momentarily perplexed, and Stafford flung the ball blindly over his head into the waiting arms of receiver Kyle Revier for the successful two-point conversion.

    The exciting play was a morale boost for a program that has struggled maintaining numbers.

    "We had some kids not come out that we expected to come out," Lulack told MaxPreps. "We're down to 17 kids."

    He's taken a glass-half-full approach, however, and has some more trick plays up his sleeve for the future.

    "We do have some great players," Lulack said. "We want the kids to have some fun."

  • With three possible state records in his sights, Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) quarterback Tucker Israel knocked down two of them in his team's 35-14 win over Colonial on Friday.
    Courtesy of 247Sports

    Tucker Israel, Lake Nona

    Israel had a chance to break the state record for completions, yardage and touchdowns — all held by former Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) quarterback John Wolford — and he finished with the record for completions and yardage.

    Israel completed 26 of 41 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns in the win.

    According to research and statistics provided by the Orlando Sentinel, Israel's 720 completions breaks Wolford's mark of 706. Meanwhile, Israel's yardage total gives him 10,726 yards, surpassing Wolford's total of 10,621 yards.

    Israel, who has committed to Clemson, reportedly needs five more touchdowns to break Wolford's record of 126 career touchdowns.

  • The Woodlands (Texas) shocked Katy (Texas), ranked No. 10 in the Xcellent 25, 24-7 on Friday night.

    The loss is Katy's first in the regular season since 2009, when it fell to The Woodlands, 31-27.

    Katy got on the board first thanks to a Kyle Porter touchdown catch in the second quarter, but then The Woodlands rattled off 24 unanswered points against a Katy team known for its stout defense.

    The Woodlands evened the score at 7-7 when quarterback Matt Bonaguidi connected with receiver Hunter Moore for a 15-yard touchdown with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. The Woodlands got the ball back and scored again, this time courtesy of a 39-yard Patrick Carr run to take a 14-7 lead into the half.

    The score remained 14-7 until The Woodlands tacked on fourth-quarter field goal. A interception of Katy quarterback Garrett Doiron set up a Bonaguidi rushing touchdown to make it 24-7 and seal the victory for The Woodlands.

    The victory lifts The Woodlands to 2-1, while Katy falls to 2-1.

    The Woodlands is the only program with more than one win over Katy since 2004.

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    File photo by Neil Fonville

    Patrick Carr scored what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown in The Woodlands' upset over Katy.