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Friday, October 3, 2008
Murray throws eight TDs in Plant win

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. 27.


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

Boyd sat out Phoebus' 35-0 win over Heritage with a sprained knee suffered the previous week against Warwick. Boyd hopes to return to action against Gloucester.

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

Brehaut and the Grizzlies suffered their first loss of the season at Vista Murrieta, falling 38-21 after jumping out to a 21-7 second quarter lead. Brehaut had a big game despite the loss, throwing for a season-high 343 yards and two touchdowns.

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

The Diablos are pushing for inclusion in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings after waxing Vista 42-20 Friday. Bridgford continued his early season tear in the win, passing for a school-record 442 yards and four touchdowns, hitting 18 of 30 attempts.

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

Cotton had another solid outing this past week, hitting 18 of 33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn't quite enough, as Meade fell to 2-2 on the year with a 28-20 loss at North County.

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

Aaron Murray
The nation's No.2-ranked QB, Murray has committed to Georgia.

The running game was clicking for Lake Travis early, so Gilbert only threw 18 times, completing 13 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns, in an easy 50-9 win over Killeen in the Cavs' district opener.

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

Maxwell bounced back from the worst game of his career to have maybe his best, completing 12-of-14 for 174 yards and five touchdowns as Midland moved to 5-0 with a 56-7 win over Flint Northern.

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

There will be some tough nights for St. Paul's this fall after losing so much talent from last year's senior class, and Friday's game against Russellville was one of them, as the Saints were pasted, 41-7. McCarron did throw for St. Paul's lone score.

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

The Warriors got in the win column this past week thanks to a virtuoso performance from Mettenberger, who threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns, the last of which gave Oconee a last-second, come-from-behind, 27-26 win over Franklin County.

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

A week after tossing seven scores against Tampa Middleton, Murray one-upped himself, throwing eight first-half scores to seven different receivers in a 63-6 rout of Riverview. Murray now has 1,049 yards and 19 TDs in his last three games.

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

Bryn Renner
Bryn Renner threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns against West Potomac.

Renner earned ESPN RISE East Region Player of the Week honors for his efforts in West Springfield's 49-27 win over Annandale. He completed 20 of 24 passes for 322 yards and four scores while also running for 47 yards and another TD.

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

Savage figures to be airing it out a little more in the coming weeks after O'Hara standout junior RB Corey Brown suffered a knee injury in the Lions' 31-7 win over Dunbar of Washington D.C. Savage threw for 200 yards and ran for a touchdown in the win.

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

Smith was a perfect 8 for 8 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Miramar stayed undefeated with a 34-0 win over Piper.

Season Stats
Name ATT COMP Yards TD INT Record Other
Tajh Boyd 53 34 588 7 4 5-0 TD rush
Richard Brehaut 76 46 690 5 0 2-1 198 yards, 2 TDs rushing
Allan Bridgford 100 64 1,130 16 2 4-0
Raymond Cotton 102 66 959 11 1 2-2 2 TDs rushing
Garrett Gilbert 151 94 1,467 14 1 5-0 3 TDs rushing
Andrew Maxwell 84 54 749 10 7 5-0
A.J. McCarron 90 46 645 6 1 2-3
Zach Mettenberger 116 55 658 6 1 1-3
Aaron Murray 105 61 1,170 19 2 3-1 TD rushing
Bryn Renner 140 90 1,345 15 2 3-2 166 yards, 2 TDs rushing
Tom Savage 78 46 644 5 0 5-0 TD rushing
Eugene Smith 63 43 661 7 1 3-0

Other top QB performances from around the country:

Derek Bowen - Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.): 19-of-27 for 255 yards and 4 TDs

Blake Rudolph - Lincoln (Portland, Ore.): 25-of-32 for 347 yards and 3 TDs

Nick Raven ('10) - North Pocono (Moscow, Penn.): 310 yards and 2 TDs

Zach Lee - McKinney (McKinney, Texas): 17-of-28 for 333 yards and 2 TDs

Quentin Williams - Jefferson County(Monticello, Fla.): 15-of-21 for 254 yards and 2 TDs

Detchauz Wray ('10) - East St. Louis (East St. Louis, Ill.): 10-of-12 for 295 yards and 4 TDs

Jordan Webb - Union (Union, Mo.): 16-of-17 for 299 yards and 4 TDs; 24 carries for 152 yards and 2 TDs

Ricky Bowling - South Laurel (London, Ky.): 32-of-48 for 424 yards and 7 TDs

Casey Brockman - Calloway County (Murray, Ky.): 16-of-32 for 390 yards and 4 TDs

D.J. Mendenhall - West Jefferson (West Jefferson, Ohio): 469 yards and 2 TDs

James Elchinger - Fairview (Sherwood, Ohio): 22-of-32 for 389 yards and 7 TDs

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

Zach Toerner - Badin (Hamilton, Ohio):16-of-25 for 313 yards and 3 TDs

Dustin Lotzer - Sisseton (Sisseton, S.D.): 13-of-23 for 327 yards and 4 TDs

James Boyd - Jordan (Los Angeles): 37-of-73 for 440 yards and 3 TDs