Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley is no stranger to Palmetto's Finest, South Carolina's high school sports record book.
During last Friday's 42-14 win over North Augusta, Worley passed a milestone that few have reached. He completed 39-of-50 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns, pushing his season totals to 166-of-233 for 2,063 and 27 TDs. He also exceeded 10,000 passing yards for his career.
His completion percentage this season is 71.2, and he's averaging 343.8 passing yards per game.
Back to the record book. Worley is on the cusp of setting new marks for career passing yards and career touchdowns. The top two spots are occupied by a pair of former Byrnes slingers. Chas Dodd (2006-09) is first with 10,640 yards and 113 TDs. Second is former Clemson backup Willy Korn (2003-06) with 10,626 yards and 123 touchdowns.
Worley, who committed to the University of Tennessee, is on their heels. His three-year totals are 10,070 yards and 119 TDs. And he also has broken the record this season for completions and passes thrown, with 867-of-1,261. Dodd was 763-of-1,240. Korn's numbers were 773-of-1147.
Worley's name already is in Palmetto's Finest. He holds the No. 1 and No.2 spots for most completions in a season, 392 last year and 309 his sophomore season. He holds the record for most completions in a game with 37. If he keeps up his current pace, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Worley will own every state passing record. He will be recognized as the best high school passing quarterback in state history.
And how does he feel about all the records? He's the same Justin Worley who quarterbacked the JV team his freshman season. Rather than take credit, Worley credits his teammates.
Last Friday when the Trojans made a long trip to North Augusta, Billy Bender, a writer for The Sporting News, covered the game for The Herald. He took his wife, Kimberly, a Herald employee. While Billy was interviewing another player, Kimberly had the task of running down Worley and bringing him to her husband.
"Worley is a great kid and I was very impressed with him when we talked," said Kimberly, an Oklahoma Sooners fan. "Northwestern's QB is a beast. Enough to make me almost watch Rocky Top (UT) next season."
And in case you are wondering, she is a huge sports fan. She plays fantasy football and baseball and can provide information on just about any player. So an endorsement from her is impressive.
VOTE FOR JD: I had an interesting phone call on Tuesday from Dave Krider, who formally compiles USA Today's high school football poll.
He is writing a story for MaxPreps.com and wanted everything I knew about South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, ranked by most recruiting publications as the top player in the country.
If you haven't seen Clowney, his feats sound like fiction. But they are true: Like blocking a pass or kick, grabbing the ball out of the air and running for a TD; rushing through the backfield and running down ball carriers from behind. Last week, he had two carries on offense during a win over Fort Mill. He scored on both, after runs of 16 and 20 yards. Fort Mill defenders had shots at tackling him, but couldn't bring him down.
Clowney, who is said to be considering South Carolina and Alabama, has honors coming at him from all directions. He's in the running for one of WSOC-TV's 2010 "Big 22" high school football players of the year. To be named "Player of the Year" Clowney needs your vote. To vote, log online to 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"...
FOOTBALL POLL : This week's S.C. Prep Writers' Poll includes another flip-flop.
Two weeks ago South Pointe moved into the No. 1 spot in Class AAA and replaced Myrtle Beach, which moved to No. 2. They traded places last week, but flopped again this week, with South Pointe going back to No. 1.
Despite Northwestern's impressive win over previously undefeated North Augusta, the Trojans remained at No. 2 in Class AAAA behind Dorman. Clover moved up a spot from No. 7 to No. 6.
The poll is compiled by The State newspaper in Columbia with voting by Cam Huffman-Aiken Standard; Justin Jarrett-Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet; Barry Byers-The Herald; Bob Castello-Greenville News; Phil Bowman-Post and Courier; Kevin Melton-Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Shane Bowen-Myrtle Beach Sun News; Matt Anderson-Greenwood Index-Journal; Mark Holmes-Allendale Sun and Akilah Nelson-The State
1. Dorman (1); 2. Northwestern (2); 3. Goose Creek (3); 4. Summerville (4); 5. Greenwood (6); 6. Clover (7); 7. North Augusta (5); 8. Gaffney (8); 9. Irmo (10); 10. Byrnes (9)
1. South Pointe (2); 2. Myrtle Beach (1); 3. Fairfield Central (3); 4. Belton Honea Path (4); 5. Greenville (6); 6. Clinton (5); 7. Camden (7); 8. Berkeley (8); 9. Marlboro County (10); 10. Wade Hampton (9)
1. Dillon (1); 2. Central (2); 3. Timberland (3); 4. Manning (5); 5. Silver Bluff (6); 6. Lake City (7); 7. Mid-Carolina (8); 8. Woodland (10); 9. Strom Thurmond (4); T10. Indian Land (9); T10. Palmetto (NR)
1. Williston-Elko (1); 2. Lamar (2); 3. Calhoun County (T4); 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (3); ,5. Abbeville (T4); 6. Hemingway (6); 7. Scott's Branch (8); 8. Christ Church (7); 9. Allendale-Fairfax (10); 10. Johnsonville (9).
TRI-COUNTY: The Tri-County Football Caoches Association met on Tuesday and selected the Week 6 players of the week.
The following is a list of the winners and honorable metnion players:
Tri-County Football Coaches Association
Players of the Week
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Northwestern QB Justin Worley, 39-50 passing for 345 yards and 4 TDs HONORABLE MENTION: Rock Hill QB Dre Williams, 6 carries for 45 yards and a TD; South Pointe's JaRyan Jennings, 5 carries for 102 yards and 2 TDs. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Northwestern's Steven Nance graded 94 percent HONORABLE MENTION: South Pointe's Jay Brown graded at 90 percent with two pancakes; Rock Hill's Johnny Kline graded at 80 percent. DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Lancaster's Andre Foulks had 17 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 pass pressures. HONORABLE MENTION: Lamar Mitchell (N) 14 tackles; Dre Williams (RH) 7 tackles, PBU, interception for TD; Devin Pearson (SP) 14 tackles, 1 deflected pass, 1 TFL. DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Albert Neely (SP) 15 tackles, 2 QB pressures, 2 TFLs. HONORABLE MENTION: Collins Mauldin (N) 10 tackles, 2 sacks; Thomas Perry (RH) 12 tackles, 1 sack. SPECIAL TEAMS: Landon Ard (SP) was 6-for-6 on PATs, 1 punt for 40 yards, 5-of-7 kickoffs for touchbacks. HONORABLE MENTION: Micah Burklin (RH) 4 punts for 38-yard average, 2 touchbacks
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Tevin Worthy (CH) 12-of-17 passing for 173 yards, 1 TD. Also had 2 carries for 16 yards and 2 receptions for 28 yards. HONORABLE MENTION: Rondreas Truesdale (IL) 17 carries for 72 yards, 2 TDs; Thomas Condron (NF) 100 yards rushing, 100 yards passing, 3 TDs; Josh Parker (WCCS) 14 carries for 222 yards, 2 TDs. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Damien Frederick (CH) graded out at 93 percent, 3 pancakes. HONORABLE MENTION: Patrick Komorous (IL); Raymond Labrador (NF) graded at 89 percent; Andrew Duvall (WCCS) graded 88 percent. DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jamarcus Moore (CH) 12 tackles, 2 PBU, 1 sack, 1 TFL and Wes Chestnut (WCCS) 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, 1 caused fumble. HONORABLE MENTION: Breyon Williams (IL). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: A.J. Gordon (IL) 6 tackles, 4 QB pressures, 1 crunch. SPECIAL TEAMS: Jarrell Robinson (IL) 4 punts for a 39.8 average, touchback on kickoff, punt downed at the 1 yard line, ran a fake punt for a 55-yard TD, interception that sealed the win. HONORABLE MENTION: Joey Ford (CH) 6-7 PATs, 49.5 yard average on kickoffs; Will Ford (NF)