It didn’t take long for Drew Newhart’s MSHSAA passing record to fall. Just hours, actually. And the record wasn’t broken. It was destroyed
DeSmet quarterback Tommy Corwin heaved an amazing 482 yards to lead the Spartans to a 48-31 victory over Hazelwood Central in the Class 6 MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl and beat Newhart’s record of 354 yards. Earlier in the day, Newhart led Cameron to a 64-18 win over Montgomery Co. in the Class 2 championship.
Corwin’s favorite target was Wes Kemp, who caught 11 passes for a MSHSAA record of 246 yards. He broke the record set by Matt Levis of MICDS last year.
DeSmet went into the locker room with a 28-16 lead and Corwin already rackd up 305 yards passing at that point. Kemp had six catches for 147 yards at the break.
But it wasn’t like Corwin and Kemp were the only ones putting up big stats. Hazelwood Central QB Marvin McNutt was 10-19 at the half with 235 yards and two TD’s. His biggest hookup came in the first quarter when he connected with Kenny Sims for a 78-yard touchdown pass. That put the Hawks on top 6-0. McNutt finished with 304 yards pasing and Sims caught four passes for 114 yards
Later in the quarter, Corwin threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Rob Witzl to put DeSmet on the board and cut Hazelwood Central’s lead to 9-6.
The Spartans took the lead in the second quarter on an 11-yard pass from Corwin to Notre Dame recruit Munir Prince, who also rushed for 120 yards and another score.
DeSmet scored 22 points in the second quarter and never looked back, though Hazelwod mounted a couple of comebacks.