He’s the starting quarterback of the team that’s the talk of the town, but Alex Austin isn’t resting on his laurels after setting state and national single-game passing records.
While beating Kickapoo 48-47 on homecoming was nice, the Glendale Falcons are 1-4 and have more football to play. The win, Austin says, helped the team realize its potential and get Glendale students interested in football.
“It got us a lot more energy, a lot more life in practices and we have a serious attitude about winning. We’re not going to be complacent with just the Kickapoo win, but definitely it helped our student section a lot,” Austin said.
The Parkview Vikings have a homecoming game of their own tonight, and they are also 1-4 and hungry to make a statement by beating Glendale.
“It’s our homecoming, so they’re going to come in pretty hyped up and try to get us,” Parkview wide receiver Connor Ratcliff said. “Right now it’s very serious because we haven’t won in a long time and every play is really serious.”
Parkview’s objective will be to defend against Glendale’s five-wide receiver spread offense. Austin was 58 of 82 passing for 586 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Kickapoo. His performance broke the state record for passing attempts and the state and apparent national record for completions in a single game.
“That’s just thanks to Coach (Mike) Mauk’s offense,” Austin said.
“Our No. 1 focus and concern is winning football games,” Mauk said. “If we’ve got to throw it that many times to win the game that’s what we’ll do, and that’s what we needed to do to win the game (against Kickapoo).”
According to Missouri State High School Activities Association records, Austin’s 58 completions surpassed Kory Faulkner’s single-game mark of 45 set in 2008 for St. Genevieve. Austin’s 82 attempts passed the record of 71 held by Cole Markunas of Windsor (Imperial) from 2009, and fell one short of the national record of Minnesota quarterback Brian Kauffman from 2001.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Grant Sherman of Kenton, Ohio, holds the national record for completing 47 passes in a 2012 game.
Sherman’s coach? None other than Mike Mauk.
The statistics provided by Glendale High School show that Austin rushed for 63 yards against Kickapoo. However, the stats do not appear to account for the four times Kickapoo defenders sacked Austin for a total loss of 23 yards, dropping Austin’s rushing yardage to 40. While the National Football League does not count sacks against a quarterback’s rushing total, the NCAA and MSHSAA do count sacks as rushing attempts. Therefore, Austin’s 626 total yards fall short of the state record held by former Missouri Tiger T.J. Moe, who accounted for 667 yards of offense playing for Fort Zumwalt West against Jefferson City in 2008.
Numbers to know
Glendale QB Alex Austin’s performance vs. the single-game passing state record book …
National record—83, Brian Kauffman, Maplewood Hill-Murray (Minn.) vs. Minnetonak, 2001
National runner-up—82, Caleb Keese, Searcy Harding Academy (Ark.) vs. Camden Harmony-Grove, 2001
State record—71, Cole Mankunas, Windsor Imperial at Seckman, 2009
National record—47, Grant Sherman, Kenton (Ohio) vs. Lima Shawnee, 2012
State record—45, Kory Faulkner, St. Genevieve vs. Fredericktown, 2008
National record—764, David Koral, Pacific Palisades (Calif.) vs. Van Nuys Grant, 2000
State record—602, Eric Czerniewski, Montgomery County at Van-Far, 2004
State runner-up—566, T.J. Moe, Ft. Zumwalt West vs Jefferson City, 2008
Total yards of offense
National record—713, Connor York, Baxter Upperman (Tenn.) vs. Chattanooga Tyner, 2013
State record—667, T.J. Moe, Ft. Zumwalt West vs. Jefferson City, 2008