Scoreboard smashers
Scoreboard smashers
2013-07-30 07:30:00

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 By Greg Tepper
 DCTF Associate Editor
   

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As much as diehard football fans love the defensive struggle, the 10-6 slugfest where every play can turn the game, let’s be honest: football, more and more, is about scoring.

We’ve been over different offensive formations, from the zone-read to the Slot-T, but no matter how you score your points, the name of the game is getting them on the board. And even though we showed a little earlier this summer that scoring in high school football is relatively steady over the years, it’s impossible to ignore one fact:

Four of the six highest-scoring games in Texas high school football history occurred last year.

It’s true: entering the 2012 season, the bar for cracking the top five highest-scoring games in Texas high school football history was set at 140 points – then held down by San Augustine’s 78-62 win over Hemphill in 2011.

Four times last year, we saw the 140-point mark broken by a game. Let’s examine those games one by one, shall we?

September 21, 2012: Rogers 84, Mart 58 (142 points)
Now, here’s the most amazing thing about this game: Rogers is a run-first squad. But when the Eagles’ Slot-T ran wild for a whopping 783 yards – you read that correctly – you’ll get some gaudy numbers. Brady Malovets ran for 368 yards and four scores, while Carson Skala ran for 279 and two scores of his own. And remember: this is against a Mart team that played for a state title later that same season! Quentin Bryant and DeNerian Thomas had huge games for the Panthers, but it was no match for the Eagles’ rushing attack. (Spoiler alert: this won’t be the last time we see them.

September 28, 2012: Friendswood 79, Galena Park 63 (142 points)
Friendswood only scored seven points in the first quarter, but boy, they sure turned it on in the final three frames of this one. The Mustangs rattled off 710 total yards, but really, there was one star of the show: QB Jordan Wood. The signal-caller threw for 122 yards and two scores…and ran for 401 yards and six touchdowns. Every time he carried the ball, he averaged 20 yards per carry! Not to be overlooked, Galena Park QB Darrow Adams put on his own show, throwing for 295 yards and five scores and adding 109 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to key a 681-yard attack. Ten players scored a touchdown in this one, now in the record books.

October 20, 2012: Rogers 76, Schulenburg 69 (OT)
Hey, remember Rogers from a little earlier? Told you they’d be back. The Eagles, believe it or not, trailed by 20 points in the first half, and they looked like they were going to be buried by QB Ross Bludau, who threw for seven touchdowns. But the Eagles clawed back behind Malovets and Skala, forcing overtime, scoring in the extra frame and – gasp! – getting a defensive stop for a critical win.

September 14, 2012: New Deal 89, Lamesa 70
Yes, the highest-scoring affair of the year – and the second-highest scoring game of all-time -- is a game you may not have even known about. What’s amazing to me about this one is that the teams did it in different ways. For New Deal, it was all about the ground-and-pound, as RB V.J. Gamez racked 389 total yards and eight touchdowns. For Lamesa, it’s was through the air: QB Kolt Moreland threw for 555 yards and eight touchdowns, as four different receivers – Brody Alexander, Ryan Garza, Jahalani Edwards and Ramon Arguelles – all topped 100 yards. In a game that had 1,291 yards of total offense, the Golden Tornadoes and the Lions entered Texas high school football lore.


Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.

He can be reached via e-mail, via Twitter (@Tepper) and via the DCTF Facebook page.


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