Despite playing the last three and one-half games with a broken thumb on his right hand, Davis Howell
continues to march toward a possible national career receiving record.
On Friday night the 6-foot-1, 191-pound senior caught 13 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Academy of Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.)
nipped tough Alcoa (Tenn.) 38-36 in a Class 3A state quarterfinal.
Alcoa had dealt the Warriors their only loss 31-28 on Oct. 25.
Coach Rusty Bradley told MaxPreps Saturday morning, "It probably was one of the finest games I've ever been a part of."
Howell now has 333 career catches - No. 2 in national history - and is just 16 short of tying the national record, which is held by Ben Wonderly of Fairview (Sherwood, Ohio). He has 118 catches this fall for 1,589 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Playing with a cast on his right thumb, Howell "made a couple of catches that were just unbelievable," Bradley said. "He is the toughest kid I've ever coached. He has no (college scholarship) offers right now. It's crazy."
Howell also plays most of every game at outside linebacker.
Senior quarterback Charlie High
also had another big night, completing 30 of 41 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns.