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Sophomore quarterback throws for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns in varsity debut

By John Gillis 

Jake Browning, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound sophomore quarterback at Folsom (California) High School, made the most of his August 24 varsity football debut as he threw for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 68-28 win over Roseville (California) Woodcreek High School.

Browning, who was named Folsom’s starting quarterback just four days before the game, tied six other quarterbacks for second for touchdown passes thrown in a game and ranks second for passing yards in a game, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online multimedia National High School Sports Record Book.

Arthur Smith of Cozad (Nebraska) High School set the national record for touchdown passes in an 11-player football game when threw 15 against Overton (Nebraska) High School in 1921. David Koral of Pacific Palisades (California) High School holds the national record for single-game passing yards as he threw for 764 yards against Van Nuys (California) Grant High School in 2000.

On the receiving end of Browning’s scoring passes were Phillip Carter with five (20, 37, 60, 66 and 78 yards), Troy Knox with three (8, 14 and 19 yards), Rodney Ellison (9 yards) and Lucas Owan (66 yards). For the game, Carter caught 10 passes for 317 yards, and Owan had 13 receptions for 236 yards.

Browning, who played on Folsom’s unbeaten freshman team in 2011, completed 34-of-51 passes and had one interception. Quarterbacking bloodlines seem to run in the Browning family as Jake’s father, Ed, played quarterback at Oregon State University.


John Gillis is the associate director of publications and communications of the NFHS. If you have any comments or articles ideas, please forward them to Gillis at

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