Rudolph Will Be Busy Before Heading To OSU

It's easy to tell by the excitement in his voice that the feeling still hasn't worn off with Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C. quarterback Mason Rudolph as he, his teammates and the entire community continue to bask in the glow of the South Carolina AAAA Division II state championship earned in a 62-35 victory over Stratford last Saturday at Williams-Bryce Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

The 6-4 1/2, 220-pound Rudolph had some monster stats in the state championship game, completing 40-of-57 passing for 488 yards and eight touchdowns and just one interception.

"Yes sir, it is what we've wanted to do since losing in the state championship last season," Mason Rudolph said with excitement when asked about the win.

Now he has a busy two weeks planned. First is a trip to watch an All-Star game this Saturday where he may be honored with a top award, then an All-Star game to play in the next week.

"The Mr. Football in South Carolina is going to be announced at the North-South (all-star) game this Saturday, and my dad and I are going to go to it. All the nominees are going to be there." said Rudolph.

"Then the next week I play in the Shrine Game and I will be practicing for the game which is on the 21st. Then it's Christmas and I'm on to Oklahoma State on January 8."

Looking back on the championship win, Rudolph credited his linemen and his receivers. He has been consistent with that throughout the season, and he is very sincere. After watching the highlights the line did protect well and the receivers are really good.

"I didn't get sacked all day," Rudolph said giving the offensive line credit. "The offensive line gave me great protection and we thought (Stratford) would bring pressure. They did some risky stuff like when we went three by one (with our receivers) they would line up man-to-man on Dupree (Hart) with no safety help. He made some ridiculous catches."

Rudolph finishes a dominating season for the "Air Raid" offense at Northwestern with numbers that will likely stand for awhile. He had 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.

"It was a good day and we knew we were going to have to put up some points," Rudolph added. "They are a down state team and I don't think they'd seen a real spread type of offense."


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