Players on the verge of records
Each week, ESPNRISE.com senior editor Doug Huff takes a look at high school football players who may be about to surpass significant state or national records. (Based on games through Nov. 14):
School: Thomas Downey (Modesto, Calif.)
What: In his final game, the senior quarterback has been credited with a reported national-record 49 completions in 63 attempts for 548 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-35 loss to Johansen (Modesto, Calif.). The final totals that are being accepted by the CalHiSports.com state record book were arrived at when a third independent party, Modesto Bee high school editor Rich Estrada, watched tape of the game. Lee finished with 3,973 yards in 10 games, a regular-season state record.
Old records: 48 completions for a single game, set by Brian Parrish of Henrietta (Henrietta, Texas) in 1995 against Electra (Electra Texas), and 3,964 regular-season passing yards, set in 2000 by David Koral of Palisades (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).
Notable: Downey went 2-8 but a wide-open passing attack kept the team on the radar, and Lee wasn't the only state record breaker. Wide receiver Javon Kelly had a regular-season-record 105 catches in 10 games. He surpassed the record of 99 set in 2002 by Ryan Graves (Muir, Pasadena, Calif.).
Position: Running back
School: Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
What: The junior rushed for a school-record 2,580 yards on 215 carries in 10 regular-season games. If he maintains his average of 258 yards per game through a deep playoff run starting this weekend against Turner Ashby (Bridgewater, Va.), Holmes could threaten the single-season state record.
Record: 3,319 yards, set in 1994 by Thomas Jones of Powell Valley (Big Stone Gap, Va.).
Notable: Holmes rushed for 413 yards and a state-record-tying eight TDs in the first half against Lee (Staunton, Va.) this season.
Position: Running back
School: Walpole (Walpole, Mass.)
What: He set state records for career points and touchdowns. With eight points (one touchdown and two PATs) in a 35-14 loss to Natick, Izzo pushed his totals to 686 points and 96 TDs with one game remaining on Thanksgiving against Weymouth.
Old record: 682 points and 95 touchdowns, set in 2003-06 by Nathan Sherr of Austin Prep (Reading, Mass.).
Notable:Izzo was the 2008 Division 2 Player of the Year in Massachusetts.
School: Centennial (Corona, Calif.)
What: With six PATs in a 42-29 win over rival Corona High in the regular-season finale, Romaine hiked his career total to 201 and could break state record in next outing. Centennial opens the CIF Southern Section playoffs this weekend agaisnt A.B. Miller (Fontana, Calif.).
Record: 206 PATs, set in 2002-04 by Gio Podesto of Modesto Central Catholic.
Notable: Romaine scored points in CIF bowl games in 2007 and 2008 and has committed to Oregon State.
School: Legacy (Broomfield, Colo.)
What: The season-long watch for Smith to break the 24-year-old national record for the longest field goal ended last weekend in a 42-7 Class 5A playoff loss to FAB 50 No. 30 Mullen (Denver, Colo.). Smith opened the season by booting a 67-yarder against Mountain Range (Westminster, Colo.).
Record: 68 yards, set in 1985 by Dirk Borgonone of Reno, Nev.
Notable: Smith's 67-yarder bettered the state mark of 64 yards set in 2001. Smith, bound for Minnesota, also kicked field goals of 52 and 51 yards this season.
School: Russellville (Russellville, Ark.)
What: With 17 field goals this season, Hocker has an outside chance at the national standard with an extended postseason run. Russellville plays Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) in a quarterfinal game this weekend.
Record: 22, shared by three players including current University of Oklahoma kicker Jimmy Stevens while at Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) in 2005.
Notable: Hocker broke the state record of 16 set in 2001 by Kyle Magrini of Greenwood (Greenwood, Ark.).
Position: Wide Receiver
School: University School (Jackson, Tenn.)
What: He set a state record for touchdown receptions in a season with 24 after landing four in a 40-19 state playoff win last weekend over First Assembly Christian (Cordova, Tenn.).
Old record: 22, set in 1994 by Damien Dodson of Westwood (Memphis, Tenn.).
Notable: The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior has 56 catches for 1,218 yards in 11 games.
School: Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.)
What: The senior set a state record for passing yards in a season, throwing for 445 in a 62-37 state playoff win over North Forsyth (Cumming, Ga.) and pushing his total to 3,714. He passed for 3,705 yards as a junior.
Old record: 3,710 yards, set in 2003 by Jeremy Privett of Charlton County (Folkston, Ga.).
Notable: The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Mason set a state record for passing yards in a game with 545 in a 56-32 win this season over Milton.
Position: Running Back
School: Alcoa (Alcoa, Tenn.)
What: With 48 touchdowns in 12 games for the unbeaten Tornadoes, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior is threatening the single-season state record.
Record: 48, set by Kelcey Williams of Humboldt in 1995 and Ralph King of Murfreesboro Riverdale in 2000.
Notable: Earlier in the season, Toney scored six touchdowns in a 41-24 victory over Maryville. Alcoa is seeking its sixth straight state title.
School: Ryan (Denton, Texas)
What: Young (48 touchdown passes in 11 regular-season games) could threaten the state standard for TD passes in a season if Ryan has an extended playoff run.
Record: 67, set in 2003 by Graham Harrell of Ennis.
Notable: Young, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, passed for a state-best 65 touchdowns as a first-year starter in 2008. He's bound for Texas Tech, where Harrell also played.
Doug Huff covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. He is considered the founder of the National Federation of State High School Association's National High School Record Book.