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SPSL records revisited: Kentlake, Puyallup play one for the ages

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Sep. 17, 2012 at 10:16 am with No Comments »
September 17, 2012 10:24 am

Even three days later, both football coaches were still having difficulty realizing what happened Friday night.

“I am still worn out,” Puyallup High’s Gary Jeffers said.

“It is a difficult thing to come to grips with,” Kentlake High’s Chris Paulson said.

In game that that went well into the late night, Kentlake beat Puyallup, 76-55, in a South Puget Sound League crossover game at French Field in Kent.

A few SPSL single-game records were set:

* The 131 combined points eclipsed the previous mark of 128, set by Federal Way and Rogers in 2003 (Rogers won, 66-62).

* Kentlake’s 10 PAT kicks tied the league record set by Curtis (1991, 2010).

* In a losing effort, Puyallup quarterback Brendon Illies passed for 396 yards, and rushed for 176. His 572 total yards erased the SPSL record of 497, set by Kent-Meridian’s David Jones in 2010 against Tahoma.

* And if the SPSL kept any such record, the yardage the teams combined for – an astonishing 1,607 yards – would have likely shattered any such previous total.

When Paulson was informed of what his team’s yardage total was Friday – 916 (which likely would be an SPSL record as well) – he immediately was in disbelief. So he went home, popped in the game-film DVD and tracked the statistics himself.

And he came up with the same eye-popping total.

So where does the 1,607 yards of offense rank nationally?

Nobody really knows. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) keeps all-time football marks, but not that one.

Last year, two high schools combined for 1,598 yards in a regulation game (without overtimes). Owensville beat St. James, 80-75 (ESPN.com story here).

Here is a passage from that story that would seem to indicate what Kentlake and Puyallup did Friday COULD be a national record.

“There is no record total list in either the National Federation or ESPNHS lists for most yards of total offense for two teams, but the combined total of 1,598 yards for these two could be it. As a comparison, the California record is more than 300 yards less.”

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