Even though Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas) struggled through an 0-10 inaugural varsity football season in 2012, coach Kirk Thor resisted the urge to call up talented freshman quarterback Jett Duffey.
That move paid off Friday as the sophomore, in his first varsity start, threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in a 77-75 triple-overtime defeat of Centennial (Burleson).
"Last year, we opened as a brand-new school and we had a lot of varsity kids who had never played before," Thor said. "Our philosophy was, 'Let's make sure we make good decisions for a long-term benefit.' We wanted to keep our freshman team together so it could establish success."
When Lake Ridge scored the winning two-point conversion on Duke Carter's run, the team was so excited, it didn't give Thor a celebratory ice bath.
"It was an exciting night for our kids," Thor said. "They were down in the third quarter and kept competing. We run multiple formations in a no-huddle offense that we call fast-break football. We're not very big, but we've turned that into an advantage."
Duffey's effort leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Shuler Bentley, QB, Byrnes, Duncan, S.C.
Senior set a state record with nine touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown in a 82-49 defeat of Woodruff on Friday.
Ron Brown, QB, University Prep, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Junior completed nine of 19 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-24 defeat of Shenandoah Valley (Shenandoah) on Friday.
McLane Carter, QB, Salado, Texas
Junior completed 35 of 56 passes for 613 yards and eight touchdowns in a 75-67 loss to Lorena on Friday.
Brian Johnson, QB, Willowbrook, Villa Park, Ill.
Senior threw for a state-record 675 yards and seven touchdowns, completing 40 of 52 passes in a 62-49 defeat of Lyons (La Grange) on Friday.
Sean Koski, QB, L’Anse Creuse North, Macomb, Mich.
Senior completed 28 of 51 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winning pass on the last play of a 39-37 defeat of South (Grosse Pointe) on Friday. He has thrown 11 touchdown passes in his first two games.
VIDEO: Koski off to a fast start
DeMario McCall, RB, North Ridgeville, Ohio
Sophomore ran for six touchdowns and 376 yards in a 58-22 defeat of Parma on Friday.
Cade Parker, DE, Norman, Okla.
Senior had five quarterback sacks in a 38-31 defeat of North (Norman) on Thursday.
Andrew Rider, RB-DB, Murray, Iowa
Senior ran back four returns for touchdowns in a 68-7 defeat of Ankeny Christian (Ankeny) on Friday, including two punt returns, an interception return and a kick return. He did not play in the second half.
Brady White, QB, Hart, Newhall, Calif.
Junior completed 36 of 53 passes for 490 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-54 overtime defeat of Chaminade (West Hills) on Friday, breaking a school record set in 1998 by Kyle Boller.