Rudolph (8 TD Passes) Completes Dream Season

Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Mason Rudolph, who is almost guaranteed to be named "Mr. Football" in South Carolina, completed his dream season Saturday in record fashion. Rudolph completed 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception to help Northwestern High School defeat Stratford 62-35 in the South Carolina Class 4A Division II Championship Game.

That's right, eight touchdown passes! He also ran the ball seven times for 35 yards and another score. Rudolph accounted for 523 of Northwestern's 525 total yards in the game and he was involved in all nine touchdowns.

His season numbers for 2014 now read like something out of a video game season campaign on your X-Box. He finished with 350 completions on 482 attempts for a 72.6 completion percentage. He threw for 4,377 yards with 64 touchdown passes and only 8 interceptions. He also ran for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns.

In the championship win on Saturday at the University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium that oddly enough kicked off in near 70 degree weather the same time the record cold Bedlam game kicked off, Rudolph helped open the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Dupree Hart.

The second touchdown was off a scramble in which Rudolph was running into the end zone when he fumbled the ball but recovered it in the end zone for the score. His passes were on line and very accurate as he hit Hunt on a 29-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.

In the second quarter he hit Quadarious Fair for a seven-yard score on a diving catch and it was 28-7. Later in the quarter he hit Hunt for a 14-yard touchdown and a 35-14 lead for Northwestern.

In the third quarter Rudolph and his receivers hooked up for three more touchdown passes, a 40-yard strike to Fair, a 24-yard to Hunt where he was open in the end zone, and a 47-yard pass to Fair. At that point the verdict was decided with Northwestern leading 55-21.

In the fourth quarter, Rudolph added a 39-yard touchdown pass to Fair to close out the scoring and the 62-28 win.

In watching highlights of the game, during the celebration Rudolph just seemed to blend in with the team celebrating and did not put himself in the spotlight. He is a very humble young man. The highlights and the stats are absolutely bodacious.

I sent a text message to Rudolph and I'm looking forward to asking him about the game, but fully understand he is celebrating with his teammates, friends and family.

Here is a link to The Rock Hill Herald's cover of the championship game.

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