SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Big numbers for Baker's Thomas

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:51 PM.

The fact is, school records are difficult enough to track and state and national high school records are harder to find.

Whereas most colleges and all the pros can count on staffs of professionals to keep records in order, high school records often get lost from one coaching staff to the next. Newspapers help somewhat, but those of us covering high school sports often have to rely on coaches to get us the stats from games we miss and there can be gaps in those records.

I've found that longtime coaches who attended the school where they coach can often help fill in the blanks, but that's no guarantee either.

Back in 1994, while working for a Tennessee paper, I covered a game in which Sweetwater High School tailback Heath Hawkins rushed for 360 yards that night. I had only been on the job a few weeks and I didn't realize it was a single-game school record.

The following Monday, the advertising director, who also was the Sweetwater head coach’s wife, ripped into me for not crediting Hawkins with his record. Since she seemed to know it was a record, I asked her whose record Hawkins broke and she couldn't tell me.

I checked with the coaches at the school, the team radio guy and just about everyone else other than the kid working the drive-thru at fast food place. Everyone I asked was certain that Hawkins set the record that night, but nobody knew who held the previous record or what is was.

I've been around the area long enough to see Cameron Domangue rush for something like 1,700 yards as a senior at Baker in 2008, but I don't know if that's the school record.

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