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Lazard intercepts his way to national record


On August 26, Urbandale (Iowa) High School sophomore defensive back Allen Lazard intercepted his way into the National High School Sports Record Book when he picked off two passes and returned them for touchdowns in the first quarter of the J-Hawks’ 54-8 football victory over Des Moines (Iowa) Hoover High School.

Lazard accomplished the feat in less than a minute when he first scored on a 35-yard interception return with 9:14 remaining in the first quarter and then found the end zone again with a 17-yard interception return with 8:28 remaining in the quarter. With those two scores, he tied seven other players for the 11-player football national record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single quarter.

With 4:17 remaining in the second quarter, Lazard scored on a 50-yard interception return to give him three for the game.

Jacob Edelman of Stanwood (Iowa) North Cedar High School holds both the Iowa state record and the national record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season with four. Edelman, who set that mark during the 2009 season, shares the national record with Mike Galliger of Hartford (South Dakota) West Central High School, who accomplished it during the 2007 season.

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