Imagine scoring 61 points – and losing by 31. That is the feeling the Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.) football team has today after losing to Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.) by a 92-61 score in a Class AAAAAAA playoff game that shook up the record books.
The 153 points is believed to be a Ga. state record. The teams also combined for a staggering 1,152 yards of offense, per the Marietta Daily Journal.
According to the Valdosta Daily Times, it broke a record set in 1922 when Douglas A&M beat Ocilla, 144-0. The 92 points was also a new school record for Lowndes for points in a game, topping the 87 the Vikings scored against Windsor Forest three years ago.
“I’ve never been a part of a ballgame like this,” Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson told the Daily Times.
“I told people it was going to be high scoring,” Lowndes quarterback Michael Barrett told the Daily Times. “Somebody asked me, ‘How you feeling?’ I was like they’ve got a pretty good offense so I feel like it’s going to be high scoring.”
Meanwhile, on the other side, Hillgrove quarterback Hunter Arters had one of the wildest stat lines you will ever see. The junior was 36-of-65 for 486 yards and seven touchdowns, but he also threw six interceptions. He also rushed for a 2-yard score. Also for Hillgrove (5-6), Chigoziem Okonkwo had 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while Bryson Parks caught eight passes for 101 yards as Arters completed passes to 13 different receivers.
Lowndes advances to visit Norcross in the second round Nov. 18. Don’t expect 92 points from the Vikings that night, though – this was a one-in-a-lifetime achievement. At least, we think it was.