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Jones breaks Iowa career passing mark

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cherokee's record-setting quarterback Tyler Jones directs traffic during the Braves District opener at Okoboji Friday night. Jones set the state's career passing yards record in the game. Photo by Ryan Christoffel, Spirit Lake Dickinson County News
Cherokee Washington High senior quarterback Tyler Jones, just 54 yards shy of breaking the career passing yardage record among Iowa 11-player High School players heading into the Braves District game at Okoboji on Sept. 12, passed for 141 yards to eclipse the historic state, all-class record by 88 yards. He has six more regular season games and the possibility of state playoff games his final season to pad that total.

Jones already holds the state's career completion record with 668 through Friday's game, the single season record for completions with 287, and the single game record for completions with 42, both set in the 2006 season.

James Vandenberg of Keokuk, a freshman at the University of Iowa this fall, held the career passing yards mark with 7,701 yards. Jones broke the record last year, but it was regained by Vandenberg after Keokuk played four additional games by earning a spot in the 2007 playoffs and then ran the table to win the Class 3A championship.

Jones, throwing the ball less this year under new coaches Neil Phipps and Kurt Reynolds, totalled 7,236 yards passing in three years of play in the pass-oriented offense of former coach Tony Napierala.

He had passed for 412 yards in the Braves' first two games this season, as the Cherokee offense combined a mix of a running game and the spread offense, a 5-receiver offense so prevalent today in college and many high schools throughout the nation.

Most Yards Passing, Career (courtesy of IHSAA)**

11-player Leaders

7,789 Tyler Jones, Cherokee, 2005 -- 07 (senior in 08)

7,701 James Vandenberg, Keokuk, 2005 -- 2007

7,259 Tyler Peschong, Marshalltown, 2005-2007

6,813 Matt Sherman, Saint Ansgar, 1989-92

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