Justin Sawmiller sets national career receptions record

Justin Sawmiller sets national career receptions record


Justin Sawmiller sets national career receptions record


Kenton, Ohio, rolled through the National Select 7-on-7 championship in Hoover, Ala., this summer, surprising much larger schools. The Ohio teams in Kenton's own classification haven't had any more luck, thanks in large part to Justin Sawmiller.

Sawmiller, a 6-1 senior, had 12 catches for 156 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in a 48-2 defeat of Elida on Friday, breaking the national record for career receptions in the process. He has 362 career catches. The old mark of 358 was set last season by Davis Howell of the Christian Academy of Knoxville, Tenn.

Kenton, which uses a hurry-up spread offense, is 7-0 this season and ranked No. 1 among Ohio's Division IV schools, the state's second-smallest classification.

Sawmiller is also closing in on the state record for most career reception yardage as he needs 21 yards to break the mark of 5,172 yards, set in 2008 by Fairview (Sherwood) receiver Ben Wonderly.

Sawmiller leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:

Drew Barker, QB, Conner, Hebron, Ky.
Senior, who says he plans to sign with Kentucky, threw seven touchdown passes in a 55-21 win Friday over Holy Cross (Covington).

Kamren Fowles, RB, Manti, Utah
Senior ran for 411 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-33 defeat of Juab (Nephi) on Friday.

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JaQuan Hardy, QB, Westlake, Ohio
Sophomore ran 20 times for 232 yards and seven touchdowns in a 56-55 defeat of Rocky River (Cleveland) on Friday.

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Sean Koski, QB, L'Anse Creuse North, Macomb, Mich.
For the second time this season, the senior threw for seven touchdowns, passing for 501 yards in a 62-13 defeat Friday of Northern (Port Huron).

Marc Lozoya, WR, Alexander, Laredo, Texas
Senior had a state-record 454 receiving yards with 17 receptions in a 63-35 defeat of Winn (Eagle Pass) on Thursday. He was just two yards shy of the national record.

Tyler Newman, QB, Liberty, Henderson, Nev.
Senior threw a state-record nine touchdown passes in a 62-12 defeat of Del Sol (Las Vegas) on Friday.

Ryan Phillippe, S, Heritage, Colleyville, Texas
Junior had 13 tackles, caused one fumble, had two pass breakups and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a 24-10 defeat of MacArthur (Irving) on Friday.

Caden Voges, QB, Sacramento, Calif.
Sophomore threw for 388 yards and seven touchdowns in a 70-6 defeat of Hiram Johnson (Sacramento) on Saturday.

Randall West, QB, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.
Senior threw for 456 yards and eight touchdowns in a 53-13 defeat of Mercersburg Academy on Friday.


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