By now, everyone knows about Pulaski Academy and its coach who never punts, always uses an onside kick and wins Arkansas state championships with a high-powered offense. However, Friday night even Kevin Kelly may have had to take a second glance at the stat sheet.
The Bruins, ranked No. 69 in the latest High School Football America Top 100 national rankings, beat previously unbeaten Little Rock Christian 86-56. PA scored on 13 of its 14 offensive possessions and produced 945 yards in total offense, according to ArkansasOnline.com.
Pulaski Academy quarterback Layne Hatcher set a state record for passing yards in a game with 745 yards. Hatcher was 36 of 46 with six touchdowns.
According to the NFHS record book, Hatcher is now third on the all-time list in America for most yards in a game. Matt Miller of DuBois (Pennsylvania) holds the record with 787 yards against Meadville in 2015. David Koral of Pacific Palisades (California) threw for 764 yards in a game against Van Nuys in 2000.
Tra Johnson was Hatcher’s favorite receiver with 15 catches for 325 yards with a touchdown.
LRC had 403 yards in total offense, which means the two schools produced 1,368 yards in total offense.
The 86 points is the third most in Arkansas high school football history. Nashville holds the record with 91 points scored last year. Fountain Lakes scored 88 points in a game in 2008, according to ArkansasOnline.com.