High school record keeping is most difficult when a record is being set or tied by different players from different places on the same night.
Such was the case Friday in Florida and Texas when different quarterbacks passed for 10 touchdowns and nine touchdowns in single games. A national receiving record also was tied in Texas.
In Florida, freshman quarterback Tucker Israel of Lake Nona (Orlando, Fla.) set a state record with 10 touchdown passes in a 68-10 victory over Celebration (Fla.).
Israel entered the game with 14 touchdown passes for the season. The previous state record of eight was set in 1998 by Mike Mitchell from Colonial (Orlando, Fla.). In 2008 current University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray of Plant (Tampa, Fla.) tied that record.
The national record for touchdown passes in a game of 15 was set in 1921 by Arthur Smith of Cozad (Neb.) in a game against Overton (Neb.). Smith’s total is not always reported as the record but is recognized according to ESPNHS national record lists.
Israel will now be listed in the ESPNHS records in a six-way tie for second with his 10 TD passes.
In Texas, junior wide receiver Robbie Rhodes of Southwest (Fort Worth, Texas) tied a national record and set a state record with eight touchdown receptions in a 66-21 victory over previously unbeaten Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas). Rhodes also set a state record with 394 receiving yards on only 10 catches.
The national record tied for eight TD catches was set in 1998 by Earvin Johnson of Cathedral (Los Angeles).
Fort Worth Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris also set a state record with nine touchdown passes in the same game in which Rhodes caught eight. For the game, Harris completed 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards.
There have been at least 27 prep quarterbacks nationally who have been reported with nine touchdown passes or more in one game.
Doug Huff is the founder of the National Federation record book for football and boys' basketball. Huff started keeping national high school football records in 1969.