The high school football team at Phoebus (Hampton)
made headlines last week when it defeated Jamestown 104-0 in a Virginia state playoff game. While the wide margin of victory raised concerns about mismatched first-round playoff opponents and sportsmanship, the contest is not the first postseason game in history with one team scoring over 100 points, nor is it the most lopsided.
The first 100-point postseason blowout came in 1902 when Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.)
hosted Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
in a game that aimed to establish a national champion.
The game was not much of a contest, however, as Hyde Park won 105-0 on 18 touchdowns and 15 extra points (touchdowns were five points each at the time).
Ten years later, Boise
met Twin Falls
for the Southern Idaho championship. The advance on the game noted that Boise was the defending state champion but that Twin Falls had "cleaned up everything in the southeast and has done it with an ease that stamps it as a foeman worthy of Boise's steel."
That prediction proved to be incorrect as Boise won the championship game 113-6.
In 1914, Raleigh (closed in 1929) crushed Asheville
117-0 for the North Carolina state championship. In 1920, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
took on now-defunct Phoenix Union (Ariz.) for bragging rights in the America Southwest Championship. The Jackrabbits ran away from the Coyotes in this one 102-0. That same year, San Diego (Calif.)
whipped Army-Navy (Carlsbad, Calif.)
for the San Diego County championship, 130-7.
In 1925, Waco
blew out Brady
122-0 in a bi-district playoff opener in Texas. Waco went on to win the state championship that year. Two years later, Waco opened the playoffs with a 124-0 win over Houston Jeff Davis en route to being crowned national champions for 1927 by National Sports News Service.
Sandwiched in between Waco's two lopsided wins, Tyler
defeated Palestine (Texas)
111-0 in a district playoff game.
While most of the playoff blowouts happened nearly a century ago when 100-point outings were fairly common, Phoebus' big win is not the only recent 100-point outing. In 2019, Riggs (Pierre)
knocked off Spearfish
103-0 in the quarterfinals of the South Dakota 11AA playoffs.
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If Paradise Honors can advance to the state final, Baker has a chance to break the national record of 91 touchdown passes in a season, which is held by Jake Browning of Folsom (Calif.)
in 2014 and Corey Robinson of Lone Oak (Paducah, Ky.)
in 2007. Baker's 75 touchdowns ranks No. 8, in a tie with Browning in 2013.
Meanwhile, Josh Ringer
of East Central (St. Leon, Ind.)
has an outside chance of breaking the state record for touchdowns, currently held by Charlie Spegal of New Palestine
with 70. Ringer has 55 total touchdowns with potentially two more games to play. Coincidentally, the Trojans face Spegal's alma mater New Palestine in the Class 4A semifinals.
Then there's the national single-season receiving touchdown record that could fall tonight when Ingleside (Texas)
takes on Bandera in the second round of the Class 4A Division 2 playoffs. Jaydon Smith
has 35 touchdown receptions and needs four to tie Tren'Davian Dickson of Navasota (Texas)
and Chris Nessmith of New Life (Milford, Ala.) for the national record with 39. He has scored at least four touchdowns in a game four times this year with a high of five.
In Alabama, Alvin Henderson
is closing in on the state record for touchdowns and points in a season. He has 54 touchdowns and 324 points, putting him within shooting distance of Lee Witherspoon's state records of 59 touchdowns and 354 points. Elba (11-0) plays Millry in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs.
Henderson, a junior, has 126 career touchdowns, 756 career points and 6,289 rushing yards. He has a chance next year to break the career state records of 160 touchdowns and 960 points by Terrance Wilks of Wadley
(2003-06) and 9,839 rushing yards by Mac Campbell of Alexandria
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Jim Benkert of Simi Valley (Calif.)
became the ninth coach in the nation to go over 300 wins this year as his Pioneers defeated Crean Lutheran 27-7 win the second round of the Southern Section Division 6 playoffs. With stints at Westlake, Oaks Christian and now Simi Valley, Benkert has a career record of 300-114-1.
Others who have gone over 300 wins this year include Tim Goodwin of Marion Local (Maria Stein, Ohio)
, Fred Simon of Bluefield (Bluefield, W. Va.)
, Reed May of Brownstown Central (Ind.)
, Jack Martinelli of Foxborough (Mass.)
, Joe Medina of Cascia Hall (Tulsa, Okla.)
, Larry Hill of Smithson Valley (Spring Branch, Texas)
, Bob Sphires of Highlands (Fort Thomas, Ky.)
and Alan Lowry of Columbine (Littleton, Colo.)