Younger Favre focused on playoffs
Like millions of other football fans, St. Stanislaus (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) senior Dylan Favre was glued to the TV watching the Week 4 Monday Night Football game pitting Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings against the Green Bay Packers. Favre torched his former team and electrified the Metrodome by throwing for three touchdowns and 271 yards.
Just three days earlier, it was Dylan serving as the conduit of electricity.
The 5-foot-11 quarterback completed 40 passes for 506 yards and six touchdowns to set the Mississippi state record for career passing yards and touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Greene County (Leakesville, Miss.) on Oct. 2. It was the third state record broken by Favre, who topped former North Panola QB Clifton Davis III's career marks of 9,309 yards and 108 touchdowns.
Favre, who later in the season became the state's first 10,000-yard passer, also owns the state mark for passing yards in a single game (562).
Think that makes him stand out? Think again.
In Dylan's family, records aren't anything new. Brett, now 40, owns almost all the major NFL career marks for quarterbacks, including touchdown passes, passing yards and regular-season wins (and interceptions, to be fair).
"To me it's not that big of a deal," Dylan says. "It's never meant much to me."
What drives Dylan is the same thing that drives Brett, who unretired just before this season to go on another Super Bowl run.
"Only record that means anything to me and I want to break is 0-2 -- my record in the playoffs," says Dylan, who leads St. Stanislaus in its opening-round state playoff game against Quitman this weekend.
During the regular season, Dylan looked ready to snap his postseason skid. He took advantage of the team's spread offense and his familiarity with senior receivers Kris Jon Wilkerson and Boomer Scarborough to pass for more than 3,100 yards and 42 touchdowns while leading the Rock-A-Chaws to a 9-1 mark. On Oct. 30's Senior Night, he threw for 368 yards and five scores in a 56-33 win over Purvis that clinched the Region 8-4A title for St. Stanislaus.
"I think this is the first team that has a legitimate shot at winning a state title," Dylan says. "It's one of the more talented classes to come to our school. Everyone has one goal: making it to Jackson [for the state finals]."
Working in Dylan's favor is the Mississippi High School Activities Association's decision to add another class for football this year, allowing St. Stanislaus to remain in Class 4A against schools with similar enrollment numbers while bigger schools moved up to Class 5 and 6A.
The reclassification has Favre and Co. poised for a state-title run, which could produce even more accolades for the senior star.
Depending on how far the team advances in the playoffs, Favre could break his own single-season record for touchdown passes. The mark currently stands at 45, and Dylan has 42 heading into the playoffs.
While he's close to his uncle and often texts the NFL All-Pro, Dylan tries to evade being known as "Brett's nephew" like he dodges so many would-be tacklers. Winning state and breaking more records will help his cause, but Dylan knows the reality of the matter.
"I'm never going to get out of his shadows because of what he's done," Dylan says. "It doesn't bother me, though. I'll answer questions and move on. It gets to the point where if you want to talk about Dylan, call me. If you want to talk about Brett, call him."
David Auguste covers high school sports for ESPN RISE Magazine.
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