Eastlake High School (El Paso, Texas) junior wide receiver Matthew Jones set a Texas state high school football record on Saturday with the most catches in a single game with 25.
Jones finished the game with 290 yards receiving and three touchdown receptions in a 66-42 loss to Lubbock Monterey in the Class 5A Division I playoffs at the SISD Student Activities Comples.
According to Texashighschoolfootballhistory.com, the previous high for most receptions in a game was 22 held by Sammy Taylor in 1980 for Dublin vs. Ranger.
“I owe it to my family, my offensive line, our quarterback, our coaches for supporting me and helping me,” Jones said. “I didn’t think in the game that I had as many catches as I did. I was just trying to help us do well and get back in the game.”
Jones entered Saturday’s game with 91 catches for 1,148 yards and 11 touchdowns despite missing a game early in the season.
Jones’ 25 receptions ties him for fifth nationally as the national record is 32 set by Larry Bennett in Ohio in 1942.
“Matt has worked hard and he did a great job,” Eastlake coach Ruben Rodriguez said. “He made some great catches.”