The Takeaway: Interesing news and notes from last night's high school football action.
The Fremont (Calif.) Firebirds set a Central Coastal Section record for points in a game on Friday night, taking down Harker (Calif.), 90-56. Junior running back Keenan Smith had 348 rushing yards and seven touchdowns for the Bay Area squad, which eclipsed the previous record of 82 points set by two other teams since 2005, according to the Mercury News.
As with some of the other ridiculously high-scoring games we've seen this year, it's not like Fremont's opponent was feckless. Sure, they lost by 34, but putting up 56 points in a game is no small feat. It's just not 90.
Harker quarterback Spenser Quash accounted for eight touchdowns on the night, throwing for five and rushing for three more.
We tend to focus on players here at The Takeway, but one of the weekend's biggest accomplishments belongs to a coach. Summerville (S.C.) skipper John McKissick earned his 600th career victory on Friday night. The Associated Press reports that the 86-year-old McKissick was carried to midfield on the shoulders of his players after win No. 600:
"McKissick was swarmed by players and coaches once time ran out in the 37-21 win over local rival Ashley Ridge. He got a kiss and a hug from his wife of 60 years, Joan, and lifted up his great-granddaughter Emma Kate. "Ain't she pretty?" he said with smile."
McKissick, who has led the Green Wave to 10 state titles in his 61 years as a coach, set the national high school record for wins nearly a decade ago.
Another legendary prep coach, Chuck Kyle of Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, goes for win No. 300 today against rival St. Edward (Lakewood).
USA Today Super 25 No. 1 Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) played a tough Palmetto team Friday night, but the ensuing 62-0 demolition of the previously undefeated Tigers proved the 'Canes are exactly where they belong in the national rankings.
After watching Bradenton Manatee maul No. 1 and undefeated Palmetto, 62-0, anyone still think they can touch this monster? #FOOLINYOURSELF
— Larry Blustein (@larryblustein) October 27, 2012
Elsewhere in the Sunshine State, a number of Friday night football games that were canceled due to Hurricane Sandy will be played Saturday instead. That includes a "highly anticipated game between" perennial Florida powers Miami Central and Miami Northwestern, as Andre C. Fernandez notes in the Miami Herald.
In The Building
We told you to keep an eye on the Butler-Independence matchup in South Carolina, but we weren't necessarily expecting this. As the caption notes, that's Panthers QB Cam Newton holding up a TV camera at the game as a seemingly bored Jonathan Stewart looks on. Butler, the No. 8 team in the Super 25, took down its longtime rival, 33-14.
Another pro in attendance at a high school game Friday was Arian Foster, who had his No. 2 jersey retired by Mission Bay (San Diego). Foster tweeted this pic from the event, writing, "I have much love for Mission Bay High School. Very special moment for me and family. This was a big part of who I became."
We're not Dallas Morning News subscribers so we don't have many details, but Austine Igo and Madeline Braley, both of whom have Down syndrome, were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Plano West (Texas) on Friday. Plano West defeated McKinney (Texas), 64-36.
This isn't from the weekend, but if you haven't seen this video of a perfectly-executed front flip, now's the time. The acrobatic scoring scamper came during a practice or scrimmage, but that doesn't make it any less impressive. A YouTube commenter identified the team as Putnam City West of Oklahoma City (Okla.), though the player's identity remains uncertain. My colleague Scott Allen has more here.