The Bluegrass State had never seen two bluer-chip quarterbacks on the same field on the same day. Both have led their teams to 11-0 marks. Redman is a coach on the field—as a lad he bent a wire hanger into the shape of a headset to emulate his dad, Bob, the coach at Male. Of Chris's 56 touchdown passes, 49 were thrown in the first half, suggesting that had Bob been greedy, his son would already own the national career touchdown-pass mark of 126 (he's at 101).
Couch has another year to establish more schoolboy records. His opponents don't seem to relish this fact. Said Knox Central coach Robert (Hooker) Phillips after watching Couch pick apart his team, "Couch is one of the best high school quarterbacks I've seen in I can't remember how long. There's no comparison [between Couch and Redman]."
Actually, Coach, there are lots of comparisons.
Massillon versus McKinley (page 34) is only one example of a high school game that can be as important as the entire season. Here are some others, in no particular order of intensity.
? Joliet (Ill.) Catholic vs. Chicago Mount Carmel. This series was suspended for eight years in the 1980s after a fight nearly erupted between the schools' priests.
? Easton (Pa.) vs. Phillipsburg ( N.J.). A Thanksgiving tradition since 1916, the 1988 edition was televised nationally.
? Valdosta (Ga.) vs. Lowndes County. The Wildcats and the Vikings change their nicknames to the City Slickers and the Plowboys for this rhubarb between city boys and their country cousins.
?Town Creek ( Ala.) Hazelwood vs. Courtland. These neighboring towns along the Tennessee River have more state titles than stoplights.
? Odessa (Texas) Permian vs. Midland Lee. The series that helped inspire the book Friday Night Lights. In 1985 Odessa's NBC affiliate, KTPX, preempted a National League playoff game to show Permian's 13-7 victory.