Longmont Christian QB obliterates state passing records; WR sets receiving mark

Luke Puchino set the state football record book on fire on Friday night.

As first noted by MaxPreps' Gerry Valerio, the Longmont Christian senior quarterback threw for 706 yards and nine touchdowns in a 6-man 83-75 loss to Briggsdale. He also rushed for 89 yards and another score.

(Courtesy photo)

Luke Puchino. (Courtesy photo)

Reached Sunday evening, Longmont Christian coach Anthony Barela confirmed the stats output.

"Neither team could tackle," he said, laughing.

As a result, Puchino now owns the following records:

  • Passing yards in a game. The previous best was 607 yards, set last season by Holy Family's Chris Helbig.
  • Passing touchdowns in a game. The previous best was eight, set first by Ellicott's Ryan Miller in 2008, and then tied by Poudre's Cody Limmer in 2013.
  • Passing touchdowns in three consecutive games (18). He threw seven against Prairie two weeks ago, and two against Pawnee last season. The previous best was 17, set by Helbig last season.
  • Total offensive yards (795). He eclipsed the previous mark held by Woodlin's Harold Klausner, which was set 11 years earlier — on the exact same day.
  • In addition, wide receiver Cameron Jauregui set the state record for receiving yards in a game with 356. The previous best was 356, set last season by Holy Family's Joe Golter.

Other notable marks from the game:

  • Puchino's 10 total touchdowns are tied for the third-highest total in state history.
  • The combined 158 points between Briggsdale and Longmont Christian are the third-most in a game.
  • Longmont Christian's 798 total yards as a team are the sixth-most in state history.

Briggsdale hasn't yet uploaded stats from the game, so there may be more to come from this one.

Puchino's previous career high in passing yards was 519, which came against Prairie earlier this season. That is currently the 14th-highest total in state history. He also had a 505-yard game against Justice in 2014.

"He has an absolute cannon for an arm," Barela said.

Puchino has thrown for 2,464 yards this season. He has a chance to break into the top-15 in a season when Longmont Christian (0-7) closes its regular season against Mountain Valley next week.

Puchino is also a basketball player, and averaged 17.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. Barela said that he "could be a Division I player if he works on his footwork." As it is, the coach added, he is getting a few looks from Division II schools.

Jauregui, meanwhile, also had 125 kickoff return yards and 20 punt return yards, giving him 501 all-purpose yards. That figure is the second most in state history.

Jauregui also had five receiving touchdowns, which is tied for the third-most in state history. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the game, and finished with 12 tackles.

Jauregui had a five-touchdown game against Prairie earlier this season, and now has 15 TD catches so far this season.

Longmont Christian did not field a program last season due to a lack of players — making these performances all the more incredible.

"I think we're headed in the right direction," Barela said, noting the his roster of 17 players includes nine freshmen. "We're looking to put everything together against Mountain Valley next week."