If prep football coaches and fans in Georgia didn’t know who Tanner McCrary was before the season, they have a good idea now.
A senior wide receiver at Creekview (Canton, Ga.), McCrary had what his coach, Terry Crowder, called a breakout game in last Friday night’s 41-28 win over Cambridge (Milton, Ga.).
Sure, you could say that. If every breakout game made the state record books.
With 296 receiving yards (305 yards total), McCrary recorded the second-highest figure in state history behind a 322-yard effort by Decatur’s Terryon Robinson in 2011. That’s according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It was all part of a 12-catch performance that included three touchdowns, an average of 24.7 yards a reception. McCrary’s touchdowns were from 55, 72 and 19 yards, and he was named Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News Athlete of the Week for his efforts.
Here’s a look at McCrary’s historic outing.
While McCrary has a profile on baseball recruiting website Perfect Game, he does not show up on football recruiting lists.
Under the radar, no more.
“He started last year but had a season-ending hamstring injury,” Crowder told the Journal Constitution. “We knew he was going to be special. I imagine the recruiting will begin for him soon with another couple of those performances. Very good baseball player as well.”
Creekview quarterback Chandler Gant was 23-of-33 passing for 337 yards and four touchdowns, with much of the damage going to the 6-foot, 170-pound McCrary.
Actually, it was a misprint – on the low end. McCrary had 296 receiving yards.
How’s that for a breakout game?