Sunday, August 26, 2012

Airing It Out

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

It was quite a Week 0 for the forward pass in California.

Thursday night I watched El Toro quarterback Conner Manning chuck the ball 66 times for six touchdowns in the Chargers 47-24 win over Huntington Beach.  Manning, who's given his verbal commitment to Utah, was 44-of-66 for 454 yards.  Last year, Manning broke USC's Matt Barkley's single-season yardage record in Orange County.

Manning connected with six different receivers with Alec Shoffeit catching 12 passes for 119 yards.

Below are highlights from the game.

Then on Friday in northern California Folsom's Jake Browning tossed a national-record tying 10 touchdowns in a 68-28 win over Woodcreek.

Browning, a sophomore making his varsity debut, was 34-of-51 for 689 yards  with only one interception.

The ten touchdowns ties Browning with six other QBs for the national mark.  The 689 yards puts him second on the all-time single game record.  Pacific Palisades' David Koral owns the national mark with 764 yards in 1999.

Folsom has becoming a breeding ground for quarterbacks.  The last two Bulldog quarterbacks have been good at re-writing the California record book.

Browning replaces Tanner Trosin, who shattered the California single-season record for passing yardage last year with 5,185 yards.  Trosin is now at Cal Poly. Before Trosin, it was Dano Graves, who assaulted the state record book accounting for a state-record 85 touchdowns (62 passing, 23 rushing) during the 2010 season.  Graves is now at Air Force.

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