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|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM|
Hallandale (3-1) quarterback Tyler Huntley put up some astonishing passing numbers as his top-ranked Class 5A team gave No. 1 Class 7A St. Thomas Aquinas (5-0) all it could handle before falling 38-28 last week.
And based on statistics compiled by Aquinas, which has a college-style stat team, the Chargers senior broke a state record for pass attempts in a game. Huntley, according to Aquinas and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel game story, completed 38 of 71 attempts for 460 yards and all four Hallandale touchdowns in the loss.
The Miami Herald had Huntley going 39 of 65 for 468 yards. That's a bigt differential for completions. For now at least I am accepting the Aquinas stats since those are done by a crew devoted solely to that task on game night. I know from years of experience how difficult it is for a sports reporter to track live statistics for both teams, especially in a pass-happy game such as the Aquinas-Hallandale classic was.
Huntley’s completions mark of 38 -- again according to Aquinas stats -- is tied for fifth on the all-time state list.
The record of 43 was set by Doug Cook for University School of Fort Lauderdale in a 56-55 triple-overtime state championship game loss to Ocala Trinity Catholic in 2010. Current Clemson freshman Tucker Israel tied that mark in his final high school game for Lake Nona last year. Israel was 43-of 67 in a 48-38 first round playoff loss to Lakeland.
The previous record for pass attempts was 68, set in 2010 by Liam Miller of Walton High in DeFuniak Springs.
Hallandale receiver Joshua Hammond also had a huge night against Aquinas with 222 yards on 14 catches, according to the Herald. And Aquinas receiver Trevon Grimes was a show-stopper with 126 yards and two scores on only four receptions.