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Waldport's Kraig Pruett, shown in action earlier this season, is now the national record holder for most receiving yards in a single game.

A national record was set Friday along the picturesque Oregon Coast, as Waldport (Ore.) junior Kraig Pruett amassed a jaw-dropping 456 receiving yards. Stats reported to MaxPreps stated 456 yards but other mentions have the total at 455.

The previous record was set last season by Washington (South Bend, Ind.) star Gehrig Dieter, who posted a 437-yard night. That game was originally reported as 447 yards.

Pruett's 18-catch night also featured four touchdowns in a 48-0 triumph over Culver (Ore.).

The 5-foot-7, 170-pounder helped cap off a 5-5 season for the Irish, and it also put an end to a spectacular statistical season for Pruett. In 10 games he caught 87 passes for 1,550 yards and 13 touchdowns. That yardage total leads Oregon on the MaxPreps stats leaderboard and is sixth nationally as of Sunday night.

"Our other big receiver was injured on the night. So we thought we would throw it around a bit and we ended up throwing 40-something times. Our quarterback, TJ Fisher, likes to throw it to Kraig and so they had a good connection on the night," coach Edgar Townsend said via email.

"Kraig is a pastor's son. He came from West Salem High and has been a huge addition. He is an extremely humble and well-mannered kid. There isn't an arrogant bone in his body. He is an awesome leader. He just brings his lunch pail and everyone follows him, which is great for our program that we are turning around. He is a kid I would want my daughter to marry with no doubt."