When the team statistician informed him that Dylan Beasley had passed for 652 yards Friday night, Nelson County High School football coach Jamie Egli didn’t believe it.
“I thought he didn’t add it up right or something,” Egli said. “We went back and watched the film two times Friday night and did the stats. When we got 652, we figured that was some kind of record.”
Indeed it is. Beasley completed 30 of 43 passes, eight for touchdowns, in the Cardinals’ 59-38 victory at Marion County. The 652 yards surpassed the previous state record of 651 set by Sheldon Clark’s Jesse Watts against Allen Central in 1991. It ranks fourth nationally, 112 yards behind the record set in 2000 by David Koral of Pacific Palisades, Calif.
“Coach Egli called me about 9 o’clock (Saturday morning) and told me it was a state record,” Beasley said. “I was surprised at first. It’s crazy to think about.”
As word has spread about the record, Beasley has become the talk of Nelson County.
“People are coming up to me in the hallways asking about it,” he said. “It’s pretty cool walking around and people congratulating me.”
He figured he could have a big night against Marion County but had no clue he’d enter record territory.
“They were playing man and blitzing all night,” said Beasley, also a pitcher and third baseman for the baseball team. “We had some matchups we liked. The receivers kept making plays, and we kept piling up the yards.”
The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Beasley has been Nelson County’s starting quarterback since the middle of his sophomore year. His previous high for passing yards was 440 in a 63-35 loss to Franklin County in the 2011 season opener. Nelson County finished 1-10 last year.
Through three games this season Beasley has completed 74 of 109 passes (67.9 percent) for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
He hopes to play college football but has not yet received a scholarship offer. Egli said several Ivy League schools are showing interest, and he added that Beasley would be a solid addition to any program.
“I have a son, and a lot of guys on our staff have young children,” the coach said. “We’d all want our kids to grow up and be like Dylan.”