At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, Camarillo (California) High School senior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt makes for a big target and as such is a quarterback’s dream on the football field.
In Camarillo’s 52-28 loss to Canyon (California) Canyon Country High School on September 23, Maulhardt made the most of his physical tools as he caught a California state-record 28 passes. The former state record was set in 1984 by David Sepulveda of Fullerton (California) High School, who had 26 receptions in a game with Buena Park (California) High School.
Pending the normal verification process, Maulhardt’s performance also ranks third all time nationally, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ National High School Sports Record Book. Larry Bennett of Mogodore (Ohio) High School set the national record in 1942 when he caught 32 passes in a game with Hudson (Ohio) High School. Sepulveda ranks fourth on that national list.
Connecting with Maulhardt for his 28 receptions was 5-8, 160-pound sophomore quarterback Michael Marin. Marin completed 42 of 57 passes for 447 yards and four touchdowns. Maulhardt caught three of Marin’s passes for touchdowns and finished with 351 receiving yards.
As a junior, Maulhardt had 94 catches for nearly 1,200 yards. A multi-sport athlete, Maulhardt also plays basketball and competes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the hurdles in track.