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November 6, 2011
Dallas Jackson is the Senior Analyst for RivalsHigh. Email him your question, comment or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
You know what the most amazing thing about Maty Mauk's march into the high school record book for most career passing yards Saturday night?
His coach had seen it all before.
That's right, a once-in-a-lifetime moment came twice for Mike Mauk, the head coach of Kenton (Ohio) High and the father of star quarterback Maty Mauk.
You see, Mike Mauk also is the father of the previous record-holder, older son Ben, who now serves as the team's offensive coordinator.
Talk about passing the torch in a family.
But make no doubt, this was a special game by a special player.
Maty Mauk, a 6-2, 185-pound senior headed to Missouri, was 27-for-29 for 505 yards and nine touchdowns in a 74-22 playoff victory over Wellington (Ohio) High. His first TD pass - a 66-yarder to Kieran Fetter - came just 27 seconds into the game.
Mauk's nine touchdowns tied an Ohio state record. His 19 consecutive completions to start the game set a state mark.
But this was a night about national records.
The career yardage mark was about the only one Maty Mauk didn't have. He already has the career record for touchdown passes (208), attempts (1,974) and completions (1,272).
Also a runner - he ran for 93 yards against Wellington - Maty also has the record for total yards (21,046).
And unlike some high school hotshots, Mauk's ability should translate well to the college game.
"Maty Mauk is a prolific passer and is perfect for a spread offense at the next level, which is why Missouri is such a great fit for him," Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said. "He's not the biggest QB nor does he have the strongest arm, but he reads defenses well, gets the ball out quick and is excellent when the defense is spread out."
So what's left for Mauk, who has now thrown for 17,869 yards?
With four potential playoff games left, 20,000 yards seems out of the question (he would have to average over 500 yards per game to do that).
A state title, though, may be. And it may just be the only thing Maty Mauk hasn't accomplished on a high school football field.
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