Fort Worth Southwest coach Lanny Trammell said there’s something about the homecoming game that brings out the best in his players.
It was certainly true Friday because a big crowd at Fort Worth’s Clark Field was treated to something special
Southwest wide receiver Robbie Rhodes tied a national record with eight touchdown catches in the Raiders’ 66-21 demonstration of air superiority over Fort Worth Arlington Heights.
Rhodes’ touchdown catches, covering 68, 20, 53, 48, 74, 32, 41 and 29 yards, equaled the mark of Earvin Johnson of Los Angeles Cathedral in 1998, according to the 2011 National High School Sports Record Book.
The state record for touchdown catches coming into the 2011 season was six, shared by three players, according to Texas Football Magazine.
But there was more.
With 394 receiving yards (on 10 catches), Rhodes surpassed the state record of 386 yards by Richardson Pearce's Blake Jumonville against Carrollton Newman Smith in 2009.
Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris broke the state record for touchdown passes in a game with nine. Nine players shared the record of eight, including Ingleside quarterback Tristen Barajas this season.
Harris, a left-hander, threw for 562 yards. Only seven quarterbacks in Texas had thrown for more yards in a game coming into the season. Harris averaged 28 yards per completion.
Arlington Heights (6-1, 5-1 in District 6-4A) came into the game with a streak of 20 consecutive district victories and a defense that allowed only two touchdowns in five district games.
“You certainly don’t expect it to happen against a defense as good as the one at Heights,’’ Trammell said. “Robbie made the comment that it was a big game and he felt like he needed to score every time. It was a focused effort from a great kid.’’
The Raiders number their receiver routes, eight for a fade and nine for a post.
“We were running a lot of eights and nines,’’ Trammell said. “But that’s our regular offense. A couple of times Wesley just threw it up and Robbie went up and got it.''
Rhodes and Harris are 6-1 juniors. Both play on the school's basketball team and were the fourth and second legs, respectively, on the 4x100-meter relay team that finished fourth at the UIL Class 4A State Track & Field Meet in May.