The 126 points scored by both teams rank second all-time in the GHSA behind a 2004 playoff game between Collins Hill and South Cobb. Collins Hill won 70-68 in seven overtimes.
For regular-season GHSA games, the Valdosta-Brunswick games surpasses by one point the 2007 game between Our Lady of Mercy and Mount Pisgah Christian, which Our Lady won 63-62. That game remains the highest-scoring GHSA game in regulation. Valdosta and Brunswick played one overtime after the score was 56-56 after four quarters.
The highest-scoring game in any association for 11-man football is probably the 140 scored by Washington Street of Quitman and Appling Consolidated of Baxley from the Georgia Interscholastic Association in 1969. Washington Street, which was in Brooks County, won 126-14 for a total of 140 points. The GIA governed all-black schools during segregation, and most of its scores are not documented.
The Georgia Independent School Association also has a regular-season game that tops Valdosta-Brunswick. In 2008, Monroe Academy beat David Emanuel Academy 83-52 for a total of 135 points.
Teams in the GHSA have scored 100 total points or more 35 times, all but three in the past 15 years.
The Valdosta-Brunswick game yielded wild statistical totals. Brunswick reported having 729 yards of total offense and 28 first downs. Quarterback Chris Anderson had 555 yards in total offense – 359 passing and 196 rushing.
According to this boxscore in the Valdosta Daily Times boxscore, Valdosta had 13 first downs and 479 yards in total offense.
Highest-scoring GHSA games:
138 – Collins Hill 70, South Cobb 68 (2004 first round) 7 overtimes
126 – Valdosta 64, Brunswick 62 (2010 regular season) 1 overtime
125 – Our Lady of Mercy 63, Mount Pisgah Christian 62 (2007 regular season)
122 – Calhoun County 72, Lanier County 50 (1999 regular season)
116 – Greenbrier 59, Redan 57 (2008 regular season)
115 – Harrison 67, Sprayberry 48 (2004 regular season)
115 – Chamblee 58, Stephens County 57 (2007 second round) 1 overtime
114 – Georgia School for the Deaf 72, North Carolina School for the Deaf 42 (1998 regular season)
113 – Benedictine 63, Long County 50 (2008 regular season)
112 – Gainesville 77, Pickens 35 (2007 regular season)
112 – Miller County 70, Monticello 42 (1996 first round)
After we wrote this story, we got the tragic news of Kenny McKinley’s death. McKinley was the quarterback for South Cobb during the 70-68 game that remains the record for most points in a GHSA game. McKinley threw five touchdown passes that night.
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