Texas is a hotbed for football talent. It’s a state where they live and breathe the game, whether it be classic 11-man football, or the spin off game of 6-man football played in smaller communities. However they can manage it, Texans love seeing that prolate spheroid fly through the air, and the scoreboard lighting up in the process.
Never, though, has a Texas high school football player done what Stamford quarterback Peyton Bevel managed to do during a 90-62 win over De Leon. The senior set two state records during the game that might never be touched again. The senior lit up the Central Texas sky Friday night throwing for 789 passing yards and a mind-blowing 12 touchdowns passes.
About three hours west of Dallas, the Stamford Bulldogs (5-0) are the No. 4 ranked team among Texas’ 2A Division I high schools. Their senior quarterback is the cog that drives the engine, but even he didn’t realize the magnitude of what he had just accomplished during the record game.
“State record? All right, wow,” Bevel told the Abilene Reporter-News after the game. “I had no clue what that was, I just go out there and play. Glory to God. When you’ve got athletes like I do, it makes my job a lot easier.”
Athletes like wide receiver Tre Mitchell, who contributed to the fun hauling in three of Bevel’s 12 touchdowns and racking up 305 receiving yards.
Stamford went up 28-0 in the first quarter after Bevel’s fourth touchdown toss, and De Leon could only chase the Bulldogs the rest of the way as the game was never closer than 20 points.
Not to be outdone, though, De Leon Bearcats quarterback Kevin Yeager threw eight touchdowns himself, which tied the old state record his opponent on the other sideline was busy breaking.
Prior to Friday night, Texas’ top high school passing games belonged to Marble Falls’ Mike Richardson in (725 yards) in 2012 and FW Southwest’s Robbie Rhodes (8 TDs) in 2011.
It’s one of the most insane stat lines you’ll ever see from a single player, and I’m sure that Bevel is the toast of Stamford for not only this week, but for the rest of his life.
The fans at Bill Anderson Stadium witnessed history, and they could be watching a state championship caliber team right now that’s rolling into October.