Wakefield Highs Connor Mitch erased one of the oldest N.C. High School Athletic Association football records and topped one of his own records with his nine touchdown passes and 667 passing yards in a 70-42 Cap Eight 4A victory over Broughton Friday night.
Ricky Lanier, who played for famed Remember the Titans coach Herman Boone, had shared the single-game touchdown record with eight touchdown passes since 1966 when Boones Williamston E.J. Hayes club beat Snow Hill 80-0. Lanier, who later played at the University of North Carolina, also ran for five touchdowns in that victory.
Mitch, a University of South Carolina recruit, didnt run for any scores, but he completed 37 of 57 passes for 667 yards. He already held the state record with a 605-yard passing effort in a 67-58 loss to Leesville Road in 2011. Including his 464 passing yards in a 57-20 win over Sanderson earlier this year, Mitch has three of the top 13 passing games of all time.
We wont see another one like him, said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. He has had a fantastic career. His accomplishments are amazing.
Sink knew late in the game that Mitch was close to the TD passing record because Mitch had come close to tying the mark earlier this year in the win over Sanderson. But Sink said he had no idea that his quarterback had that many passing yards.
Mitch has had seven touchdowns in a game three times before, including in the loss to Leesville last year.
He asked one time before about trying for the record, but we didnt need to keep passing, Sink said.
Sink said he never felt comfortable with the score because Broughton was moving the ball and scoring. The game was tied 28-28 at the half.
I thought we had to keep playing, Sink said. A turnover, a touchdown and an onside kick and it would have been really tight game.
Sink said Broughton moved the ball so well that he was asked later if the Wolverines were letting Broughton score to get the ball back.
But we were doing the best we could on defense, Sink said. We are a little beat up in the secondary now and Broughton did a great job against us. We had a tough time trying to stop them.
Wakefield senior Jordan Fieulleteau, a University of North Carolina recruit, caught five touchdown passes, which is No. 2 on the all-time list in North Carolina. The record of six touchdown receptions in a game was set by Mario Raley of Charlotte Independence against Anson County in 2000.
He pulled in scoring passes of 14, 17, 69, 4 and 13 yards. Mitch hit Quinton Ridge with 44 and 43 yarders and passed to Wesley Neal for an 8-yard TD and to Chris Ballen for an 8-yarder.
Fieulleteau had 11 catches for 208 yards. Rogers had five for 155 and Neal had six for 134. Ballen caught 11 passes for 109 yards.
Wakefield plays at Heritage on Friday and possibly could have a first-round playoff game at home.