Below is the evolution of the state records for rushing, passing and receiving yardage in a season, with each new record following the previous one. For example, Isaac Jackson of Lanier is believed to have set the state record for rushing yards in a season in 1968. His record was broken in 1969 by Doyle Orange. It is not known who held the records before the ones we have listed. Steve Figueroa, current head of media relations for the GHSA, began the project of state-records research in the early 1990s. Some records are probably lost to history.
1,940 – Isaac Jackson, Lanier (1968)
2,289 – Doyal Orange, Waycross (1969)
2,501 – Runt Moon, Commerce (1973)
3,167 – Herschel Walker, Johnson County (1979)
3,172 – Daccus Turman, Washington-Wilkes (2000)
1,573 – Stan Rome, Valdosta (1971)
1,581 – John Harris, Americus (2000)
1,641 – Tavarres King, Habersham Central (2007)
1,647 – Da’Rick Rogers, Calhoun (2009)
1,655 – Demarco Robinson, M.L. King (2010)
2,785 – Stan Bounds, Valdosta (1971)
3,090 – Al Pinkins, Mitchell-Baker (1989)
3,187 – Fabian Walker, Americus (1998)
3,279 – Robert Johnson, Americus (2000)
3,351 – Wesley Hill, Crisp County (2001)
3,710 – Jeremy Privett, Charlton County (2003)
4,560 – Hutson Mason, Lassiter (2009)
Joe Compton, the former Fitzgerald and Thomson football coach who died last week in Fitzgerald, won state championships as a coach in three states, Brunswick News sports editor Dave Jordan pointed out to us this week. Compton also won state titles in three decades. His championships came in Alabama (1959 Fairhope), Georgia (1968 Thomson) and North Carolina (1971 Pisgah). Which coaches have won Georgia state titles in three decades? (Answer Monday)
Answer to Thursday’s question: The leaders in passing and rushing yardage in NCAA FBS football among former Georgia high school players are Oconee County’s Zach Mettenberger of LSU (1,738 yards passing) and Sandy Creek’s Rajion Neal of Tennessee (616 yards rushing). Stephenson’s Mike Davis of South Carolina has the most rushing yards per game (128).
“If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re gonna keep getting what you got.”
- East Jackson coach Gary Hughes, Sr.
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