JaMarcus Russell played for Williamson High School in Alabama, where he held almost every record possible in the AHSAA (Alabama High School Athletic Association).
In five seasons with Williamson, Russell threw for 10,744 yards. That record has stood for 20 years (Russell graduated in 2002) and not many people managed to break it, but it was finally broken on Friday night.
Jack Hayes is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound quarterback from Piedmont, Alabama where he plays for 3A powerhouse Piedmont Bulldogs. In four years as a starting quarterback at Piedmont, Hayes has appeared in two state championship games (he won MVP in both games) and has a career record of 51-7.
In the state semifinals, the Bulldogs faced the Sylvania Rams in the “Field of Champions,” and Hayes entered the game and took just 99 years to break the record for career passing yards. Hayes finished the game 10-on-14 with a pass for 269 yards and four touchdowns and a rush for 96 yards and three touchdowns.
He has one game left when the Bulldogs play St. James in the 3A State Championship Game at Jordan Hare Stadium this Thursday. In case you’re wondering if Hayes has gotten a lot of looks from colleges after putting up incredible numbers throughout his career, the answer is no.
It seems like size is all there is to recruiting these days, and as a guy who’s under 6ft at quarterback, Division I schools overlook him despite his two state championships, two state championships as MVPs, and 3A back of the Year won.
But he’s not just an outstanding footballer. Hayes is amazing on the baseball diamond. He is currently committed to Snead State Community College to play baseball after his senior season.
To give you an idea of how good he is on the diamond, Hayes hit .472 last season with 11 homers, 17 doubles, .565 on-base percentage, .878 slugging percentage and 1.444 OPS. On the mound he went 8-0 in 10 appearances with a 1.08 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. He hit out 49 batters in 51 2/3 innings.
His AHSAA career records are 10,944 passing yards, 14,809 total yards, 159 touchdown passes, and 219 total touchdowns.
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