Jake Browning downplays his unfathomable numbers, deferring credit to linemen, skill players and coaches.
On Friday, the Folsom High School quarterback etched his name into the Cal-Hi Sports record books after passing for 520 yards and seven touchdowns (four to Cole Thompson) with no interceptions in The Bee No. 1 Bulldogs’ 55-10 rout of San Diego Section power Cathedral Catholic.
A senior headed to Washington, Browning became the state’s career passing leader with 11,505 yards, and his 145 career touchdown passes are one shy of the state mark held by Jimmy Clausen of Oaks Christian, near Ventura, over four varsity seasons (2003-06).
If Browning matches his state-record 75 touchdown passes in 2013, he will finish with 212 for his career, bettering by two the national high school record by Maty Mauk of small-school Kenton, Ohio, from 2008 to 2011, according to the National Federation of State High Schools Association. The most touchdown passes in national history by anyone west of the Rockies is the 162 from Brian Lindgren of DeSales in Walla Walla, Wash., from 1995 to 1998.
If Browning goes for another 5,000-plus yards this season, as he did in his first two varsity campaigns, he’ll eclipse the 16,000-yard career mark, which would be third all-time in prep history and No. 1 for large-school athletes and anyone west of the Rockies.
“Records are cool and all that, and I’ll look back some day and appreciate them, but they’re really team records,” Browning said.
Browning pointed to his linemen – Cody Creason, Will Koch, Jared Nooner, Austin Rothrock, Sam Whitney and Jonah Williams – and receivers such as Thompson, Jake Jeffrey, Bailey Laolagi, Parker Boone and Josiah Deguara for his success. They point back to him in mutual admiration.
Honor Bowl – California teams went 3-0 against Nevada programs in the Honor Bowl, including No. 2 Elk Grove racing past Damonte Ranch of Reno 55-7.
All told, it was a rewarding weekend for event founder and director Mark Soto, whose group heads to Southern California on Friday for more games, including No. 3 Del Oro playing Helix of La Mesa in the San Diego area in a rematch of the 2011 CIF State Bowl game.
Classy comments – After Placer suffered a 41-20 setback to Nevada Union, Hillmen coach Joey Montoya took a moment Saturday afternoon to credit the winners. Nevada Union went 0-10 in 2013 under first-year coach Dennis Houlihan, a longtime friend of Montoya.
“In a weird way, I was happy for them,” Montoya said of the Miners. “They’re good guys, and it’s no fun to be winless as a head coach. Props to them. We got off to a slow start, and NU played out of their minds.”
McKenzie out – Kahlil McKenzie – the No. 2 national recruit, according to Internet sites – was ruled ineligible this season after transferring from De La Salle to Clayton Valley Charter. The North Coast Section ruling could resonate throughout Northern California. Many transfers must sit out for 30 days beginning with the first game, unless a section office deems it an athletically motivated move, which the NCS does with McKenzie.
McKenzie, a defensive lineman headed to Tennessee and the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, watched his Ugly Eagles teammates play in the Honor Bowl on Saturday against Carson (Nevada). The McKenzie family will appeal, they said in a statement that included, “The fact that a system would deny any child of his or her senior year, in any activity for which that student has a God-given passion, is highly disheartening.”
Clayton Valley Charter, the NCS D-II winner in 2012 and a section semifinalist last season, has five other transfers, including McKenzie’s sophomore brother, Jalen. The section did not disclose their eligibility.
The NCS and Clayton Valley coaches decline to comment.
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