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QB stacks up more big numbers

Tim Tebow, a junior at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease, is 19 of 24 for 452 yards and accounts for seven touchdowns vs. Citrus.

By JON-MICHAEL SORACCHI
Published November 20, 2004

INVERNESS - Even on the easiest setting of a video game, you rarely see numbers like this.

Nineteen completions on 24 attempts for 452 yards and seven total touchdowns.

In high school football, those would be great two-game totals for most high school quarterbacks.

But in a 76-6 victory in the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal at Citrus High School Friday night, Ponte Vedra Beach Nease's Tim Tebow put up those stats. ... in the first half.

"Tebow was on fire," Nease coach Craig Howard said. "He's a great quarterback. He never ceases to amaze me."

Tebow, a 6-foot-3, 225 pound junior, came into the game with 3,162 passing yards and 1,002 rushing yards.

But at the Citrus Bowl, he came out of the gate fast and kept going.

On the first series of the game, Tebow completed a 55-yard pass to a wide-open receiver Ryan Ellis, setting up first and 10 on the Citrus 10-yard line.

Four plays later, Tebow ran it in from 1 yard to stake Nease (11-1) to a 7-0 lead after two minutes.

By the end of the quarter, Nease led 35-6 and Tebow was 7-for-10 for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

From the end of the first quarter to the middle of the second, Tebow had three straight completions ... all for touchdowns.

Citrus coach Rik Haines acknowledged Tebow is a good quarterback but refused to give all of the credit to one player.

"Everybody thinks it's just him but they have a lot of other players," said Haines, who ends his first season at Citrus at 5-5. "He's an exceptional quarterback for a junior."

Overall, Tebow eluded defenders easily and, when pressed to run, he lowered his shoulder and fought for yardage.

The only thing Tim Tebow didn't do was pass cups of water to his teammates.

[Last modified November 20, 2004, 01:06:09]


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