Scoreboard breakers

A look at the five highest-scoring 11-man Texas high school football games in 2014. 

Every year, we hear about the biggest and best in Texas high school football. The biggest shutouts, the best players, the most exciting games. But what about the highest-scoring games? Not something you hear about every day.

Let’s take a look at the five highest-scoring Texas 11-man high school football games from 2014:

5) Levelland 70, Pampa 64 In a game that featured 1,235 yards of total offense, regulation would not be enough to decide this one, as Jeffery Elliott’s 69-yard touchdown reception from Nick Gerber pulled Levelland even with District 1-4A Division I finale. To overtime they went, knotted at 64, and after Levelland got a stop, Gerber finished off the wild game with a game-winning 12-yard touchdown run.

4) Mexia 82, Waco Connally 53 This District 7-4A DII game looks like it got out of hand quickly, but here’s the crazy part: the score at halftime was 28-27 Mexia! Yes, really! But the Blackcats ran off 54 second half points (and Connally got 26 of their own) to make this a truly crazy game.

3) Lubbock Monterey 77, Amarillo Caprock 59 The key stat here is 11. As in, Monterey scored on 11 consecutive possessions in this one. The two teams combined for more than 1,200 total yards. The star of the show was Monterey running back Vincent Johnson, who ran for 332 yards and an six touchdowns. Yowza.

2) Frisco Heritage 77, Wylie East 63 Easily the wildest playoff game of the year, this was a 5A Division I bi-district game, and boy, was it crazy. And even crazier: it was 14-14 at halftime! But the teams absolutely exploded in the second half, with Heritage ringing up 795 yards to Wylie East’s 579. There were silly numbers everywhere: Heritage RB Kene Nwangwu ran for 380 yards and 7 touchdowns; Wylie East WR Jared Wyatt caught 9 passes for 268 yards and two scores; the quarterbacks, Malik Walker for Heritage and Braden Shewmake for East, combined for 663 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air. Wild enough for you? Try this one on for size…

1) Jacksonville 85, Nacogdoches 79 In Week 8, in District 16-5A, 164 total points and five overtimes later, Jacksonville took the victory over Nacogdoches. That game went down in history as the second-highest scoring game in Texas high school football history, behind the game in 2010, when Jacksonville took home the victory over Nacogdoches 84-81 after 12 overtimes. Jacksonville trailed most of the game until Jeremy McAnally’s touchdown catch with only 8:55 remaining. The Indians then went on to gain a 14-point lead on a touchdown run by Carter McCown and with 2:12 remaining the Dragons scored on a 57-yard touchdown pass and a recovered onside kick. Only 1:37 remaining the Dragons tied the score after driving 67 yards in nine plays and scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run by quarterback Hunter McClellan, with: 31 remaining. The leading team on the scoreboard bounced back and fourth until the fifth overtime when Datavain Thacker scored on a 13-yard run to gave Jacksonville the victory.


Courtney Madden is the associate editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.

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