Walker Valley quarterback Kolten Gibson (3) runs the ball downfield during the Bradley Central vs. Walker Valley football game Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tenn. (Photo: Photo by Erin O. Smith)
Walker Valley quarterback Kolten Gibson came up 72 yards shy of the best passing performance in Tennessee high school football history last week. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior completed 29 of 42 passes (with two interceptions) for 526 yards and seven touchdowns and ran nine times for 100 yards and another score in a 62-55 loss to Stone Memorial.
"He played darn good," Walker Valley coach Glen Ryan said of his senior quarterback.
Westwood quarterback Kenton Evans threw for 597 yards in 1994 and Upperman's Connor York had a combined rush/pass total of 713 yards in 2013. That was 87 yards better than Gibson's total last Friday.
Although the Mustangs are winless thus far, Gibson has put up monster numbers, throwing for 1,353 yards, a per-game average of 338 yards, to go with 15 TDs. Despite the numbers, Gibson has had little success with regard to his college future.
"Everybody says they like him, but nobody has pulled the trigger and made an offer," Ryan said. "Everybody worries about his durability, but he has been pounded and keeps getting up and coming back and playing his butt off."