Quinn Commans of Whittier Christian and Robbie Blosser of L.A. Salesian both tie the CIF Southern Section record for most TD passes in one game on the same night. They’re also going into the state record book one spot behind record total of 10.
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It’s doubtful that quarterbacks Quinn Commans from Whittier Christian of La Habra and Robbie Blosser from Salesian of Los Angeles have ever met, but they’re now joined in history after each passed for nine touchdowns on the same evening.
We assume Blosser threw for his nine TDs first since it was a running clock in the second half of his team’s 71-0 win over Huntington Park. Commans passed for his nine TDs in a much different contest as Bell kept scoring as well in what ended up a 68-55 win for the Heralds.
The duo tied the CIF Southern Section record of nine first set in 1998 by Robert De La Cruz of L.A. Cathedral and then tied the next season also by De La Cruz. They were one short of the Cal-Hi Sports state record of 10 first set in 1999 by David Koral from Palisades (Pacific Palisades) and tied in 2012 by Jake Browning of Folsom. When Browning did it, he was a sophomore and it was his first start.
The Commans-Blosser performances are reminiscent of the first time anyone ever threw for eight TDs in state history. That was in 1982 when both John Paye from Menlo School (Atherton) and Mike Smith (Los Altos, Hacienda Heights) passed for eight TDs on the same night. At the time, newspapers in Northern California reported Paye as setting the new state record while in Southern California they all reported that Smith had set the new state record. It took until the next day when Cal-Hi Sports cleared it up. Yes, we have been compiling state records for that long.
In his performance against Bell, Commans completed 27 of 39 passes for 490 yards and the nine TDs. He hit on three of his scores to Cade McGee, who caught 10 passes for 211 yards. The Heralds’ MaxPreps page was screwed up (showing a 55-0 loss) but it does look like they also had 698 yards of total offense in the game as well.
Salesian’s big numbers may have been an unconscious effort to deflect some attention away from arch-rival Cathedral beating Loyola of Los Angeles for the first time since 1961. Blosser wasn’t still throwing much with the big lead (his halftime totals are still not available), but still ended with 18 completions in 20 attempts for 319 yards. He connected with Ajani Johnson for three of his TDs and passed to three other players twice for scores.