Rudolph Ready For Playoffs After Big Season

Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Mason Rudolph has been working since last football season toward a slight correction for he and his teammates at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C. The Trojans lost their final game in the Class 4A state championship game a year ago and as a team they are determined to get the outcome correct this season.

Rudolph, who committed to Oklahoma State in June and recently visited (unofficially) for the TCU game and Homecoming with his grandfather, finished the regular season last Friday. The playoffs begin on Friday with West Florence as the Trojans look to win South Carolina Class AAAA, Division II.

Northwestern finished the regular season 11-0 and they are nationally ranked at 14th in the USA Today High School Super 25.

"I think we are playing well on offense," said Rudolph. "We went through several games, rivalry games, where we were taking our time with the 25-second clock to see what the defense was doing and trying to draw them off sides, but the last few games we have been back working on our tempo and doing what we do best and going fast and I think we've played better. Our defense is playing good."

There is no doubt that Rudolph has had a spectacular regular season and one that any quarterback would be extremely proud of. Below is a look, game by game at Rudolph's regular season.

Northwestern 51 Gaffney 19
Rudolph: 28-of-37 passing, 262 yds, 5 TD, 0 int, 1 rush TD

Northwestern 38 Charlotte Catholic 17
Rudolph: 25-of-34 passing, 267 yds, 2 TD, 1 int, 3 rush TD

Northwestern 64 South Aiken 7
Rudolph: 18-of-24 passing, 289 yds, 5 TD, 0 int

Northwestern 42 Byrnes 35 (OT)
Rudolph: 25-of-38 passing, 198 yds, 5 TD, 0 int, 1 rush TD

Northwestern 34 Lancaster 0
Rudolph: 22-of-26 passing, 245 yds, 2 TD, 0 int

Northwestern 27 South Pointe 0
Rudolph: 25-of-39 passing, 259 yds, 1 TD, 1 int, 2 rush TD

Northwestern 49 Clover 6
Rudolph: 14-of-17 passing, 211 yds, 5 TD, 0 int

Northwestern 42 Fort Mill 20
Rudolph: 20-of-30 passing, 272 yds, 3 TD, 1 int

Northwestern 45 York 14
Rudolph: 23-of-28 passing, 419 yds, 4 TD, 2 int, 2 rush TD

Northwestern 63 Nation Ford 18
Rudolph: 24-of-37 passing, 365 yds, 4 TD, 0 int, 2 rush TD

Northwestern 66 Rock Hill 19
Rudolph: 22-of-30 passing, 310 yds, 5 TD, 1 int, 1 rush TD

Totals: 246-of-340 passing, 3,097 yds, 41 TD, 6 int, 88 carries for 401 rushing yds, 12 TD

It might not seem like it but the Trojans early schedule was purposely tough to get them ready for region play.

"Our coach scheduled tough early to prepare us for region," said Rudolph, who seemed to handle all the challenges equally well throughout the season. "Gaffney was top ranked and the defending champion. Charlotte Catholic had the great running back Elijah Hood (who is committed to North Carolina) and we were able to play good against all of those teams."

One reason for the quick and solid start and follow through during the season may have been a conscious decision made during the spring and summer by Rudolph to forget some of the camps and combines and focus on his team and throwing to his receivers.

"I might have second thoughts on a few aspects, like Elite 11," said Rudolph. "I might have done that, but I do think it was important to stay and throw to my receivers and I do think that helped us, the seven-on-seven and all the drills in getting off to a good start and carrying it through."

Now, Rudolph and Northwestern have made it back to the final step. The playoffs begin Friday.

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