In a tight game Friday night that wasn’t decided until overtime, Scottsdale Desert Mountain senior wide receiver Kade Warner had no time to bask in the moment after catching his sixth pass against Phoenix Pinnacle that put him in the state record book.
But a couple of days after the 35-34 loss, Warner could reflect on passing Mark Andrews for the 11-man football career catches record. Warner finished the game with eight catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 210 career catches with at least four more games to go in his varsity career.
Andrews, now playing at Oklahoma, had 207 career catches at Desert Mountain, from 2011-13.
“It was an unbelievable feeling when I realized I had broken the record,” Warner said. “I actually broke it on the beginning of a drive and didn’t realize I had until my friend told me on the sideline.
“Looking back on it now, it means a lot to my teammates and me, showing the work we have put into the past couple years.”
Warner is the son of former NFL Super Bowl MVP quarterback Kurt Warner. Kurt is the team’s offensive coordinator.
“I didn’t get to enjoy the moment for long, as we where in the middle of a tight game,” Kade said. “We lost in OT but we should have won. We had many chances to put the game away and we couldn’t finish.”
Warner, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, said he owes the record to his teammates and coaches.
“I couldn’t have done this without them or my coaches I have had over the years,” he said. “The cumulation of all my football has lead to this, and I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am today.”
First-year Desert Mountain coach David Sedmak said Warner’s value goes well beyond making catches.
“Kade is an incredible kid,” Sedmack said. “Humble but confident, a great servant leader. He’s a very hard worker. He work as hard at blocking as he does catching passes. He is an excellent leader. He is well-respected by everyone who deals with him.
“He does a lot of community service with special needs kids, both in school and outside of school. He is also an outstanding student. A rare person.”