State record: Macon County’s 70-64 win is most points in one regulation game

Macon County’s 70-64 victory over Pacelli last week set a state record for most total points in regulation in a high school football game.


Pacelli sophomore running back Brandon Thomas rushed for 283 yards and scored six touchdowns and had a seventh touchdown on a kickoff return called back on a penalty. He had 67 yards receiving and 183 on special teams for 533 all-purpose yards.


For Macon County, Vanshun James rushed for 263 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries, and Glabian Rumph and Karltez Hooks each had more than 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns.


The game was 42-42 at halftime, and no team led by more than a touchdown in the game.


Macon County coach Henry Lester said he was proud for the victory but a little embarrassed as a longtime defensive coordinator to give up 64 points.


“It was absolutely ridiculous,” Lester said. “We chased that boy [Thomas] all night long. We couldn’t catch him. It makes you want to drink Pepto-Bismol and chase it with Maalox.”


Highest-scoring GHSA games in regulation:

134 – Macon County 70, Pacelli 64 (2010)

125 – Our Lady of Mercy 63, Mount Pisgah Christian 62 (2007)

122 – Calhoun County 72, Lanier County 50 (1999)

116 – Greenbrier 59, Redan 57 (2008)

115 – Harrison 67, Sprayberry 48 (2004)

114 – Georgia School for the Deaf 72, North Carolina School for the Deaf 42 (1998)

113 – Benedictine 63, Long County 50 (2008)

112 – Gainesville 77, Pickens 35 (2007)

112 – Miller County 70, Monticello 42 (1996)

112 – McEachern 64, Hillgrove 48 (2010)

112 – Valdosta 56, Brunswick 56 (2010)*


*Valdosta won 64-62 in overtime.


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October 26th, 2010
12:06 pm


October 26th, 2010
12:15 pm


October 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

These guys must have attended Al Groh’s coaching clinic.


October 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

Apparently nobody played offense in Georgia before 1998. Shows that the modern culture in more offensive in football just like the rest of society.

The Dude

October 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

Scoring increased when the rules changed to allow holding. Offensive players used to have to keep their arms near their chest when blocking (aka shoulder blocks). Now the offense can extend their arms = more offensive scoring.

Dustin Humphreys

October 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

In a Class 6A matchup in Lexington, KY last Friday, October 22, 2010: Henry Clay 85, Tates Creek 52 (regulation). Macon County and Parcelli weren’t the only two teams who forgot to show up with their defenses.


October 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

Maybe Pacelli can beat Macon Co. in basketball 39-32.

I feel kinda bad for saying this...

October 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

…but am I the only one who read a score from two “Schools for the Deaf” and wondered how many false start penalties they had in that game?


October 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

@ I feel kinda bad for saying this… you’re a sick puppy… but funny.


October 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

Last year Lassiter HS beat South Gwinett in the playoffs in Regulation, 70-49. didn’t see that one listed?

Macon County Alumni

October 26th, 2010
9:18 pm

Back in my days of High School, Macon County Bulldogs barely gave up 7 points a game. Those were the days they were known as the Black Death Defense. We use to shut down the awesome players such as Champ Bailey (Charleston Co.) and Charles Grant (Miller Co.)


October 26th, 2010
9:44 pm

Let it go man.

Uncle Rico

October 26th, 2010
10:55 pm

Back in ‘82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile.
Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I’d take state.


October 27th, 2010
3:14 am

I was unaware that the schools for the deaf would be even to field a football team


October 27th, 2010
9:23 am

One School for Deaf used a bass drum on the sideline for the snap count. The QB would call the snap in the huddle, the players could “feel” the drum beat and then snap and go on the beat, 1, 2, 3 or 4.


October 27th, 2010
9:29 am

70 points is no big deal. Oh… it was a FOOTBALL game. Nevermind

I feel kinda bad for saying this...

October 27th, 2010
10:22 am

If you ever saw the movie “The Replacements,” one of the replacement players was a deaf WR. He would look in at the quarterback for visual cues as to when to go. Of course, there were a lot of rules and regulations problems with that movie. I mean, Keanu took off his helmet in the huddle and no flag was thrown. What’s up with that?