Recently we projected which high school gridiron stars would post the biggest numbers in 2005, but who are they measuring up against? Over the past 15 years, DC area high school football fans have witnessed some great offensive seasons. Lamont Jordan barreled through Suitland opponents on his way to 25 TDs in 1996. Clement Stokes became a WCAC legend at Carroll back in 1993. Just last year, Derrick Williams put up big enough numbers to warrant #1 recruit in the nation status. But guess what? None of those guys could crack the list of the top ten offensive performances over the past 15 years. Starting at the bottom….
10. Nate Ilaoa, WR/RB, North Stafford, 2000: Ilaoa broke the Virginia state record for receiving yards as a junior, but it wasn’t until his senior season that the North Stafford coaches fully maximized his talents. Lining him up as both a running back and receiver, North Stafford looked to get the ball in his hands as often as possible. Ilaoa still put up a lofty receiving total (868 yards), but also added 1,100 yards rushing. No matter where Ilaoa lined up, he found endzone (22 total TDs).
9. Tyree Foreman, RB, Sherwood, 1996: Sherwood had plenty of talent in the mid 90’s, but no one was more vital to their success than Foreman. He fell just short of the 2,000 yard mark during his senior year, but his 35 TDs make up for any lack of yardage.
8. Marcus Mason, RB, Georgetown Prep, 2001: Mason finished his career as Maryland’s leading rusher and scorer, but his numbers would have been even bigger had injuries not limited his senior season to seven games (1,500 yards, 29 TDs). Because of those injuries, Mason’s junior year will have to go down as his best. In 2001, he rushed for over 2,100 yards on just 214 carries. Mason also scored 26 times.
7. Daniel Davis, RB, Brooke Point, 1998: Davis was a man among boys during his senior season. Virginia defenses had no answer for him as he rushed for over 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns.
6. Terry Caulley, RB, Patuxent, 2001: Patuxent rode this diminutive back all the way to the 3A Maryland final. Caulley amassed 2,500 yards and 28 TDs in 2001, but not even his 300 yards in the championship game could beat Urbana.
5. Brian Partlow, QB, Handley, 1994: The Handley coaches let Partlow air it out in 1994. Partlow connected with his receivers for 39 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards.
4. Chad Bradley, RB, Damascus, 1996: Bradley didn’t garner the attention that some of these other runners did, but in 1996 he ran for an amazing 42 TDs. That’s the Maryland state record, and don’t expect it to be broken anytime soon.
3. Damone Boone, RB, West Springfield, 1995: His reputation may have been tarnished during his time at the University of Maryland, but no one can dispute Boone’s high school prowess. In 1995, Boone ran for 2,635 yards and 30 TDs. He ran to those numbers in spectacular fashion, including one game where he ran for 500 yards.
2. Chris Kelley, QB, Seneca Valley, 1999: One of Maryland’s biggest high school legends, Kelley racked up huge numbers on his way to multiple state titles. Kelley was a dual threat QB, using both his arm and legs to put points on the board. During his senior season, Kelley passed for 1,645 yards and 29 TDs while rushing for 1,278 yards and 16 TDs.
1. Michael Partlow, WR, Handley, 1994: With help from his brother Brian (#5), Michael Partlow put up receiving numbers that entire teams dream of. Actually they are numbers that Jerry Rice would dream of. In 1994, he caught 96 balls for 1,835 yards and 25 touchdowns.