Turns out Marque Northington wasn’t the only Male High School football player to set a state record in the Bulldogs’ 23-21 victory over St. Xavier on Friday.
After watching film over the weekend, Male coach Chris Wolfe said quarterback Davis Mattingly officially completed 47 of 64 passes for 429 yards and two touchdowns.
The 47 completions would shatter the state record of 40 listed in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association record book. That mark was set by Hazard’s Steven Sizemore against Jenkins in 2000 and matched by Woodford County’s Steven Duckworth against Franklin County in 2008.
“Davis was superb,” Wolfe said after Friday’s victory. “He had the one (interception), but people don’t know how much he has to do at the snap with what he has to read and his progressions. He’s pretty good at it.”
Mattingly’s 64 attempts were four shy of the state record of 68 set by Williamsburg’s Andy Greer against Casey County in 2002.
Northington finished with a state-record 26 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown. The previous state record for receptions in a game was 19, set by Franklin-Simpson’s Patrick West against Allen County-Scottsville in 2002 and matched by Lewis County’s J.T. Britt against Bracken County in 2007.
Male (11-1) — No. 5 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings — will host No. 4 Trinity (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Class 6-A regional final.
KOB BRACKET SET
The bracket for the Forcht Bank King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic boys’ basketball tournament was released Monday, and it will feature two first-round games expected to match preseason Top 25 squads.
The event is set for Dec. 19-23 at Fairdale High School and will feature 12 squads from Kentucky and four from outside the state.
Two showcase first-round games are set for opening night, with Pleasure Ridge Park facing Henry Clay at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity meeting Lafayette at 9 p.m.
Here is the entire schedule (all times p.m.):
Memphis (Tenn.) Mitchell vs. Newport Central Catholic, 4:30; Fairdale vs. Elizabethtown, 6; Pleasure Ridge Park vs. Henry Clay, 7:30; Trinity vs. Lafayette, 9Thursday, Dec. 19:
* Hopkinsville vs. Shaker Heights (Ohio), 4:30; Johnson Central vs. Thomas Nelson, 6; Ballard vs. New Orleans Riverside, 7:30; Perry County Central vs. Fort Myers (Fla.), 9Friday, Dec. 20:
* Consolation games and quarterfinals at 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9.Saturday, Dec. 21:
* Consolation games at 4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9; semifinals at 7:30 and 9.Sunday, Dec. 22:
* Seventh-place game, 3; fifth-place game, 4:30; third-place game, 6; championship, 7:30Monday, Dec. 23:
* The state champion Assumption volleyball team jumped to No. 6 in the latest PrepVolleyball.com national rankings.
The Rockets finished 36-6 after beating Notre Dame in the state final on Nov. 11.
Other Kentucky teams in the national rankings are No. 7 Mercy, No. 48 Notre Dame and No. 60 Sacred Heart.
St. James of Lenexa, Kan., is No. 1.
* The Bowling Green football team extended its state-best winning streak to 41 on Friday with a 48-7 victory over Christian County in a Class 5-A second-round playoff game.
It’s the fifth-longest winning streak in state history, behind Trinity’s 50 (1988-91), Boyle County’s 47 (1999-2002), Breathitt County’s 42 (1995-97) and Danville’s 42 (1991-93).
The Purples will play at Graves County on Friday in a regional final.