Ever have one of those days where you want to go back to bed and start all over?
It happened to me last Saturday, when I jumped the gun and anointed Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley the state leader for career touchdown passes after he threw four last Friday against Spartanburg.
He is second with 124, six behind Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson. More investigating set the record straight. I turned to the coaches who record the offensive stats: Kyle Richardson at Northwestern, Zach Johnson at Byrnes and Myrtle Beach head coach Mickey Wilson.
The first question involved former Byrnes quarterback Willy Korn. Clemson, where Korn started his college career, reports that Korn had 125 TD passes in high school. Checking around revealed he had 123.
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"From everything at my disposal, i.e. programs, stats, etc, Korn is listed as having 123 TDs over the span of his career. If he is listed as 125 TDs, I have not seen that,'' Johnson said in an email. "From what I have on file, and with backup from the AD, Willy finished his career with 123 TDs. I don't know where Clemson got their facts from. Based on everything in our books, Willy has 123 TDs.''
The AD is Bobby Bentley, the Rebels' head coach when Korn played. Johnson said he stands by the number.
So we can put that to rest. Worley has one more than Korn.
You might be wondering about Golson, who has committed to North Carolina. All it took to verify his numbers was a call to Wilson, a fun person to talk with, who pulled up his team's stats on his office computer.
"He does have 130,'' Wilson said. "Everett had 126 going into the season and threw four more in the game and a half he played before being injured.
"Everett suffered a severe ankle sprain in our second game of the season against Byrnes. But he'll be back soon. His return is right around the corner.''
So Golson has thrown 130 touchdown passes during his high school career and Worley 124.
Golson could return this Friday, according to several sources. He and Worley are seniors, and they are the only active players at the top of the list. The race to become the all-time career TD passing king will be interesting. We will monitor each week and keep y'all up to date.
Sorry to push the button too quickly on Worley. He's a very good quarterback and a great kid to deal with. I'm going to go out on a limb and say when he gets to Tennessee next year, he will either win the starting job (I've watched the Vols play on TV and they need a QB) or be the first backup. He's 6-foot 5, weighs 190 pounds, smart, and is an outstanding passer.
And apologies to Golson for being overlooked. He too is a fine young man. I dealt with him three years ago when the Seahawks played Chester in the Class AAA state championship game. And don't be surprised if he ends up playing in the "Dean Dome'' for basketball coach Roy Williams. He might be better at that sport than in football.
And one more item needs to be cleared up: total yards for the leaders. Again, Worley and Golson have a chance to take the top spot here. There is a discrepancy, as there was in the TDs thrown department, as to how many career yards each have reached. For Golson, Wilson again comes to the rescue.
"Counting this season, he has 10,393 yards,'' Wilson said. "He started the season with 9,864, so that might have confused some people.''
The leader is former Byrnes standout Chas Dodd, with 10,640. Next is Korn with 10, 626, followed by Worley's 10,454 and Golson's 10,393.
The problem is the South Carolina High School League has a record book called Palmetto's Finest. No records are recognized unless recorded on its pages. There are no lists for most career passing TDs or yards. So the only way to get that is go on the Internet or call around. Would it be too hard for the League to message all of the football coaches and ask that they look through their records and submit numbers for those two categories?
After all, it would help me and a few other people who were trying to put this together avoid some frustrating mistakes.
WORLEY TOO: Last week in this column it was mentioned that South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was one of several players at schools in the Charlotte area vying for the title of WSOC-TV's 2010 "Big 22" high school football players of the year.
We have learned that Worley is also in the running for the award. To be named "Player of the Year," Worley needs your vote. To vote, log online at wsoctv.com and click on Sports/High School Football. Next, click on "Big 22 Vote here." Preliminary voting ends on Oct. 22, when five finalists will be chosen. Voting will continue Oct. 26 to choose the "player of the year.'' So get busy and get those votes moving.
TRI-COUNTY: ÿThe head football coaches from the surrounding area got good news on Tuesday when they gathered at the Front Porch in Richburg to select their players of the week.
Lancaster coach Bennie McMurray reported that Founders Federal has returned to help sponsor the meeting and awards. Thus, the name goes back to the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association.
The following is a list of the winners from last Friday's games, with other nominees recorded as honorable mentions.
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OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Tay Hicklin (South Pointes) 18 rushes, 85 yards, 2 TDs, 4-9 passing,110 yards, 2 TDs. HONORABLE MENTION: Davontey Brown (Clover); OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Ben Strong (SP) graded 92%. HONORABLE MENTION: Zac Tate (Northwestern); DEFENSIVE PLAYER: (tie) Dre' Montgomery (Lancaster) 15 tackles, interception for 34-yard TD, tipped pass; Albert Neely 15 tackles, 2 caused fumbles. HONORABLE MENTION: Courtland Bailey (CL), Rod Byers (N). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Daniel Foster (LN) 14 tackles, 2 sack, 2 QB pressures. HONORABLE MENTION: Jordan Loy (FM), Jerry Sanders (CL); Gerald Dixon (N); Jadeveon Clowney (SP). SPECIAL TEAMS: Landon Ard (SP) 3 punts, 40.0 average, 7 touchbacks on 9 kickoffs, 7-8 PATs. HONORABLE MENTION: Kenneth Mitchell (N)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: (tie) Julius Pendergrass (Chester) 156 yards rushing, 4 TDs; Rondreas Truesdale (Indian Land) 22 carries, 184 yards, 3 TDS; Mark Vehaun (Westminster Catawba) 11-15 passing, 252 yards, 4 TDs. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Damion Frederick (CH) graded 92%, 2 pancakes. HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Duvall (WC), David Helms (IL). DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Will Cox (Lewisville) 15 tackles. HONORABLE MENTION: Jamarcus Moore (CH), Johnny Mace (IL), DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Dontraveous Dixon (CH) 7 tackles 2 QB hurries. HONORABLE MENTION: AJ Gordon (IL). SPECIAL TEAMS: Daniel Helms (IL) perfect on long snaps all season,10-10 on punts and 34-34 on PATs. HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Kerr (CH), Carlos McGraw (LW).