Sunday, September 24, 2023

204 yards in 2 plays at Boys’ Latin


Here’s one for the books, although I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a listing for this particular high school football record.

Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore (school website)

On Friday, Desmond Banks of the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, based in Baltimore, ran back a fumble he recovered at his own 1-yard line for a touchdown. A few drives later, he was lined up to block a field goal attempt, recovered the kick 5 yards deep in his own end zone, and ran that one back for a touchdown as well.

Total yards he gained on just the two plays was 204 yards. Banks, a cornerback and wide receiver, is being heavily recruited by Ivy League programs, but the team’s coach, Ritchie Schell, said after seeing video of the plays that the missed field goal should not have been returnable but placed at the 20. It counted anyway, since the rule was not enforced.

The Boys’ Latin Lakers were playing the Friars from Archbishop Curley High School, which is also in Baltimore. The Lakers went on to win the game, 35-7, according to the Baltimore Sun, in this MIAA B Conference match-up.

Boys’ Latin is the the oldest independent, non-sectarian all-boys school in Maryland. It serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, providing a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum focusing on 21st-century skills.

Paul Katula
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