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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Updated: September 25, 3:25 PM ET
Elite 11 QBs piling up impressive numbers

The nation's top high school quarterbacks are back in action. Each week, ESPN RISE will track the performances of the Elite 11 quarterbacks.

Results based on games through Sept. 20.


Tahj Boyd -- Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
College: West Virginia

Boyd's strong right arm might not have to be counted on for much heavy lifting until playoff time, as the FAB 50 No. 27 Phantoms continue to shred the district competition. Boyd hit 7-of-14 for 146 yards and two scores in Phoebus' 48-0 smashing of Warwick.

Next game: Sept. 26 vs. Heritage

Richard Brehaut -- Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
College: UCLA

Brehaut and the Grizzlies had the weekend off to prepare for this week's trip to 3-0 Vista Murrieta. The Broncos were league champions last year and should provide another stiff test for the unbeaten Grizzlies in their nonleague schedule

Next game: Sept. 26 at Vista Murrieta

Allan Bridgford -- Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
College: California

The Diablos moved up to No. 8 in the latest state rankings with an impressive 38-14 win over previously state-ranked La Costa Canyon. Bridgford was again outstanding in the win, passing for 210 yards and three scores in three quarters of work.

Next game: Sept. 26 vs. Vista

Raymond Cotton -- Meade (Fort Meade, Md.)
College: Auburn

Some fumbling issues did Meade in against Old Mill, as the Mustangs suffered four lost fumbles in a 26-12 loss and dropped to 2-1. Cotton hit 17 of 30 passes for 196 yards and two scores in the losing effort.

Next game: Sept. 26 at North County

Garrett Gilbert -- Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
College: Texas

Garrett Gilbert
The son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, Garrett is among the nation's top quarterbacks.

Gilbert had perhaps his best half as a high-schooler Friday, lighting up Evangel Christian of Shreveport, La., for more than 300 yards and four scores in leading the Cavs to a 39-12 halftime lead. He finished the contest 25-of-41 for a season-high 414 yards and five scores.

Next game: Sept. 26 vs. Killeen

Andrew Maxwell -- Midland (Midland, Mich.)
College: Michigan State

While Midland rolled to a 36-12 win over Saginaw this past week, Maxwell certainly did not have his sharpest outing. While he did pass for 183 yards and a touchdown, he threw a career-worst five interceptions. The MSU pledge will look to bounce back Friday against Flint Northern.

Next game: Sept. 26 at Flint Northern

A.J. McCarron -- St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.)
College: Alabama

The Saints improved to 2-2 with a solid 23-6 win over LeFlore. The defending Class 5A state champs got 125 passing yards and a TD from McCarron.

Next game: Sept. 26 vs. Russellville

Zach Mettenberger -- Oconee County (Watkinsville, Ga.)
College: Georgia

The 0-3 Warriors had the weekend off to prepare for the start of region play after a taxing nonregion schedule that they hope will lead to greater success later in the season.

Next game: Sept. 26 vs. Franklin County

Aaron Murray -- Plant (Tampa, Fla.)
College: Georgia

If Garrett Gilbert's first half was something to behold, Murray did him a few better Friday night, lighting up Tampa Middleton for seven first-half TD tosses before coming out of Plant's 56-14 win. He hit 18-of-26 for 392 yards in his 24 minutes of work.

Next game: Sept. 26 at Riverview

Bryn Renner -- West Springfield (Springfield, Va.)
College: North Carolina

Renner was finally able to pull back on the throttle, as he only needed 11 pass attempts to account for 143 yards and three scores in WSHS's easy 49-13 win over Hayfield. His previous low in attempts this season had been 26.

Next game: Sept. 26 at Annandale

Tom Savage -- Cardinal O'Hara (Springfield, Pa.)
College: Rutgers

Savage and the Lions moved to 4-0 with an easy 33-0 win over Monsignor Bonner, O'Hara's third shutout this season. Savage hit 12 of 17 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 65 yards in the win. O'Hara hosts a talented H.D. Woodson squad from D.C. on Saturday.

Next game: Sept. 27 vs. H.D. Woodson (Washington D.C.)

Eugene Smith -- Miramar (Miramar, Fla.)
College: Undecided

An anticipated Broward County clash turned into a rout as Plantation's vaunted secondary was no match for Smith and his posse of wideouts in Miramar's 47-13 win. Smith hit 20 of his 28 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns in the big win for the Patriots.

Next game: Sept. 26 at Piper

Season Stats
Name ATT COMP Yards TD INT Record Other
Tajh Boyd 53 34 588 7 4 4-0 TD rush
Richard Brehaut 42 23 347 3 0 2-0 198 yards, 2 TDs rushing
Allan Bridgford 70 46 688 12 1 3-0
Raymond Cotton 70 48 691 8 0 2-1 2 TDs rushing
Garrett Gilbert 133 81 1306 11 1 4-0 3 TDs rushing
Andrew Maxwell 70 42 575 5 7 4-0
A.J. McCarron 79 43 590 5 1 2-2
Zach Mettenberger 97 45 436 2 1 0-3
Aaron Murray 85 47 785 11 2 2-1 TD rushing
Bryn Renner 115 69 1008 11 2 2-2 166 yards, 2 TDs rushing
Tom Savage 54 34 444 5 0 4-0
Eugene Smith 55 35 476 4 1 2-0

Other top QB performances from around the country:

Nu'Keese Richardson -- Pahokee (Pahokee, Fla.): 7-of-10 for 248 yards and 4 TDs

Matt Barkley -- Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.): 23-of-45 for 422 yards and 2 TDs

Nick Bracewell ('10) -- Lafayette (Mayo, Fla.): 14-of-17 for 308 yards and 4 TDs

Josh Nunes -- Upland (Upland, Calif.): 13-of-19 for 141 yards and 3 TDs

Brian Sonneveldt -- Monroe (Monroe, Ore.): 21-of-32 for 401 yards and 5 TDs

Jack Lomax - Lake Oswego (Lake Oswego, Ore.): 11-of-17 for 295 yards and 5 TDs

Detchauz Wray ('10) -- East St. Louis (East St. Louis, Ill.): 12-of-16 for 252 yards and 3 TDs, rush TD

Blake Bell ('10) - Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.): 19-of-26 for 219 yards and 4 TDs

Kevin Pantastico - Red Mountain (Mesa, Ariz.): 23-of-44 for 595 yards and 6 TDs

Marshyl Rothman ('10) -- Jupiter Christian (Jupiter, Fla.): 12-of-13 for 259 yards and 5 TDs

A.J. Graham -- Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.): 19-of-28 for 324 yards and 4 TDs

Chase Dodd ('10) -- Byrnes (Duncan, SC): 22-of-41 for 330 yards and 3 TDs

Dustin Lotzer -- Sisseton (Sisseton, SD): 19-of-22 for 491 yards and 9 TDs

A.J. Westendorp -- Christian (Holland, Mich.): 21-of-31 for 393 yards and 4 TDs

Jacob Morgan -- Stephen F. Austin (Austin, Texas): 21-of-29 for 269 yards and 2 TDs