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It was a Thursday night high school football game in Texas so that in itself was something unusual.
But no one could have possibly fathomed what was about to happen.
In a game that featured over 1,300 yards of passing, Marble Falls (Texas)
quarterback Mike Richardson
passed for a Texas state record 725 yards to go along with seven touchdowns in a 62-55 win over Boerne-Champion (Boerne, Texas) last week.
Richardson broke the previous record of 683 by Wichita Falls' Dylan Sheffield set in 2011. His 725 total is second most in prep history.
For it, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior was a natural choice as the Austin area Capital One Bank High Yield Student Athlete of the Week.
According to Danny Davis of the Austin Statesmen
, Richardson didn't anticipate anything great on Thursday. He had a steak for a pregame record, has no college offers but after the game he received 40 calls and 70 text messages. He doesn't own a Twitter account.
"It means a lot," Richardson told Davis on Friday. "I did it for the
school, the town and the community and, most importantly, our team."Garrett Gray
(13 catches, 293 yards, five TDs), Carson Bowen
(208) and Isiah Carson
(123) were the major targets for Richardson. Opposing quarterback Kyle Poeske wasn't too shabby either, having completed 36 of 60 for 595 yards and six touchdowns.
Marble Falls coach Todd Dodge
, who won four state championship as a coach for Southlake Carroll, told the newspaper he wasn't aware about the record until two minutes left in the game. Dodge, the USA Today 2005 National Coach of the Year, is in his first year at Marble Falls (3-1).
"I didn't believe it," Dodge told Davis. "I was kind of in denial about it. I was worried about winning the game."
Marble Falls has a bye this week so Richardson can rest his sore right (passing) shoulder. He missed a day of practice because of the injury before Thursday's game.
The national record for passing yards in a game is 764 by David Koral of Pacific Palisades in 2000.
Richardson's total nearly doubled his output for the previous three games. He had thrown for 760 yards so far on the season.