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October 19, 2013
I guess I picked the right game.
I hadn't been to one all season, but I decided to check out Tucker's clash with West End rival Deep Run. I anticipated a close game, but I didn't remotely expect to see the kind of offensive explosion that produced a 64-59 final score - without so much as an overtime.
The facts and figures from Tucker's victory are staggering. Consider the following:
- Deep Run's Jack Click threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns on 27-of-44 passing, also running for a 14-yard touchdown.
- Tucker's Kyriee Warren had a terrific game, rushing for 196 yards and a score.
- The 123 points scored by the two teams is the seventh-most in VHSL history, but fourth-most if overtime games are excluded.
- Nick Konstantinidis of Deep Run had a great game as well, scoring touchdowns via a six-yard run, a 22-yard run, an eight-yard reception, and a ten-yard reception to go along with some very solid kick-return work.
- The halftime score was Tucker 43, Deep Run 30.
But all of those amazing or impressive numbers pale in comparison to what Tucker's junior quarterback Malik VanBrussel accomplished. VanBrussel rushed for 351 yards, a school record. He also topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Both of those are great accomplishments, but the big one is that VanBrussel tied a VHSL record by scoring eight touchdowns. Eight!
On top of that, he added a two-point conversion, bringing his point total to 50 for the night. Only once in VHSL history has a football player scored more points than VanBrussel did tonight. That happened on Halloween in 1970, when Greg Justus of Hurley scored 56 against a team from Kentucky.
Granted, this performance came against an 0-6 (now 0-7) team, but it was still one of the better games I've ever seen at the high school level. To put things in perspective, at one point during the first half, VanBrussel had carried the ball five times and had four touchdowns. Of the eight scores overall, six came on runs of 29 yards or more, with the longest being a 70-yarder. Video-game-like numbers. Under the rules my fantasy league uses, VanBrussel would have scored 89 this week.
If you'd like to see highlights of this historic game, click HERE.
I was a full-time writer and editor at VirginiaPreps for over 15 years. I may be found at The Axis of Ego. Also, please "like" The Axis of Ego on Facebook HERE. You can follow me on Twitter @TheAxisOfEgo, but I still keep my @CRTomGarrett handle active for sports-only news, like passing along scores, etc.