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Maples Sets National, State Marks

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 08/26/17, 1:30AM CDT


Watch Highlights; 8 1H TDs, 9 TDs in game

Park Hill QB Tied National Mark Too

What Billy Maples finished with in a half had only been done three times in a game in state history.

By the time Park Hill finished off a 66-35 win over Lee's Summit, Maples threw for a Missouri state-record nine touchdowns in one game. The previous record of eight was reached three times, a total that Maples owned at half.

Billy Maples player page, stats

Maples connected four times apiece with DJ Johnson (12, 1, 60, 8 yards) and Ronnie Bell (31, 24, 25, 5), all by intermission as the Trojans held a 56-21 lead.

"It was quite a show to watch," Park Hill head coach Josh Hood said. "He's meant a lot to the program on the field, and as a leader. He's off to a great start and this will be a night he'll remember for the rest of his life. It's great to see all the hard work pay off in one of the biggest ways with a state record."

The eight passing TDs in a half ties a national record, as per NFHS, it only happened three other times - twice on consecutive weeks in 1994 by eventual NFL QB Chris Redman , and the latest in 2001 by Thomas Thrash in AR.

Lee's Summit crawled back with two third-quarter scores to pull to 56-35. Maples then found Joe Webb across the front of the end zone with 9:11 left in the game for an eight-yard touchdown - and the record-setter.

For the game, Maples finished with 434 yards on 23-of-36 passing. In two games so far, the senior has tossed for 781 passing yards and 14 scores.

No. 1: Maples to DJ Johnson for 1st TD

No. 2: Maples to DJ Johnson for #2

No. 3: Maples to Bell for 26-yarder

No. 4: Maples 60-yard TD to DJ Johnson

No. 5: Maples to Bell in back corner

No. 6: Maples to Bell for third time

No. 7: Maples 4th TD to DJ Johnson

No. 8: Maples Ties National Record, to Bell

No. 9: Maples Record-Setting 9th TD

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