(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
STE. GENEVIEVE -- As the calculators have stopped spewing out numbers and the scoreboard lights have dimmed, the Class 3 Sectional game between New Madrid County Central and Ste. Genevieve held Monday night will leave a lasting impression.
The 72-52 NMCC victory not only marked the most points ever for a playoff game in the state of Missouri (124) but is also the fourth most for any high school football game in state history. But the records didn't stop there.
The 1,200 total yards combined for both teams is second most in state history behind the 1,264 that Ste. Genevieve and Potosi compiled on Oct. 21, 2005.
NMCC put their name in the record books by themselves after their impressive offensive performance. Their 652 total yards of offense is the ninth most all-time in Missouri. Most of those yards came on the ground as the Eagles' 560 rushing yards is the fifth best ever in the state of Missouri.
"Guys were blocking extremely well and our guys cut it up in there," said NMCC coach Arlen Pixley after Monday's game. "We've got some fast jacks in the backfield."
The 72 points scored by NMCC is also the most in school history.
Ste. Genevieve didn't fare too badly on the offensive side either. Quarterback Kory Faulkner was part of every Dragon play except five and threw for 333 yards and rushed for 160. His total of 493 yards of total offense is the 12th most in state history.
Dragon receiver Dustin Noll ended the game with 17 catches, two from the state record of 19 placing him fourth all-time.
Notes: There were several high scoring games that totaled more than 124 points before the forming of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, including a 147-0 Sikeston win over Kennett in 1915 and a 148-0 Sikeston win over Caruthersville in 1919. These games were not included in the record books since they occurred before MSHSAA formed in 1926. All records are according to the 2008-2009 MSHAA record book.