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By Luke Olson
Sam Huard wanted to let everyone know that he was present to reiterate what he did a season prior.
No – the reigning ‘Freshman of the Year’ quarterback wanted to show that he was even better on a packed Friday night — all to see what the son of University of Washington standout, Damon Huard, could do.
The lefty caused Sealth much ado all night. It was a complete carnage. At the half alone, the sophomore had 520 yards with nine Touchdowns. On pace to absolutely shatter records – but head coach of the Kennedy Catholic Lancers, Sheldon Cross, decided to pull him after the end of the third quarter.
Huard hit Junior Alexander for a 17-yard touchdown – his tenth of the day – with three minutes left in the third after the Lancers ran out most of the clock. And Kennedy went on for a drubbing victory over Chief Sealth, 72-20.
Final stat line was 19/31, 552 yards and yes – ten touchdowns. It has reportedly been tied for the record of most touchdowns in a single game in state history. Huard did not know about it until after his last score.
“When I heard the record was ten, and I was at ten, I wanted to be in,” Huard said, regarding being pulled before the last quarter. “At the end of the day, we won, and it was just good to get the younger guys in there for them to get some reps.”
According to the NFHS Record Book, Huard is the ninth student-athlete to throw ten or more touchdowns in a single high school game. All-time record is 15. As for the state record, Nathanial Holcomb of Puyallup had ten as well in 2016.
“He had a good day at the office,” Cross said. “He was poised, he looks like a senior already. He has gotten better in the offseason. He is a special player and I just wanted to make sure we all enjoy being able to watch him because it is a very rare thing that you have a guy who is playing like that.”
With Chief Sealth playing a lot of ‘Cover 1’ and ‘Man-to-Man,’ Huard was able to use the deep ball all night. He had touchdown passes of: 58, 42, 62, 55, 45 and 70. Sealth blitzed on nearly every down, but never was able to put enough pressure to throw Huard off guard.
Here’s video of Huard’s 70-yard touchdown pass to Justin Baker:
“They blitzed every down,” Cross exclaimed. “They blitzed every down. It is hard to stand in there at quarterback and keep throwing when they are blitzing every down.”
But, the Lancers stuck to the game plan.
“We kind of anticipated them coming out in cover one and playing man the whole game,” Huard said. “They did that along with cover zero and pretty much our game plan, what we thought they would do—they did. So, we are pretty successful just being able to do what we prepared for all week.”
Based off the first drive of the game, you might have thought the outcome would have been different. Sealth received the ball first, and used the run game early. Dontae McMillan surged through the Kennedy defense for a couple short yardage runs and finally broke one, flitting through defenders for a 39-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
And he was the only culprit for Kennedy—scoring all three touchdowns for Chief Sealth. He added a 1-yard score at the start of the second quarter and in the fourth—encroached the defense for a 60-yard score.
“Boy, I will tell you what, that number eight is really good for them,” Cross said of McMillan. “He is going to be a really good college football player and my hat is off to him. He made some really good runs and played hard all day.”
After Sealth took the early lead, Kennedy closed the gap quickly. On the second play of their first drive, Huard floated a pass on the sideline to Alexander for a 58-yard touchdown. And the Lancers never looked back—forcing a turnover on the next drive for Sealth—and Huard once again threw one deep down the sidelines, hitting Justin Baker for a 42-yard score.
And Huard was not playing favorites with his receivers. Three of them exceeded the century mark—and all had at least two touchdowns. Baker had 149 yards and added three touchdowns to his resume—including the 70-yard score before the half. Huard’s favorite wideout last season, Jabez Tinae, had 201 yards and two touchdowns.
“What I am proud of is the dispersement of multiple guys scoring plays,” Cross said of his receiving group. “And that is a good thing. I think everyone felt they were contributing.”
The Lancers had a scary moment at the end of the half—as Tre Holman had a non-football related injury and an ambulance had to arrive. But the sophomore picked himself up and left the game safely with his family.
Both teams took a knee and the Lancer fans/students gave a ‘Hail-Mary‘ prayer out loud.
“He is going to be fine,” Cross said.
While the action on the field was , the student section brought the too. #LancerNation pic.twitter.com/NQvRbEKDGa
— Lancer Athletics (@OurLancerNation) September 1, 2018
2017 MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year @samhuard11 becomes ninth player in HSFB history to throw for 10 or more touchdowns in a game.
Finishes 19/31 for 552 yards and 10 TDs.
Details : https://t.co/MhyLsU2MoU pic.twitter.com/JFIOEAXthH
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) September 1, 2018
The Kennedy boys put up 72 points tonight!!!! Man proud of the FSP Grinder! I tried to tell people th Lancers will be a problem for years to come! These young men all choose to TRAIN HARD AT FSP! An hardwork never goes unnoticed! Good work fellas! #TeamFSP #GoLancers pic.twitter.com/eOzUofw0F4
— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) September 1, 2018
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