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November 21, 2009
Mason is first Georgia QB to surpass 4,000 yards
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Hutson Mason of Marietta (Georgia) Lassiter High became the first quarterback in Georgia state history to go over 4,000 yards in a season when he threw for 530 yards in a victory Friday night.
Here's the amazing thing: He may go over 5,000 yards before he's through.
"He is a great kid and a great leader," head coach Chip Lindsey said. "What he is doing is remarkable."
Indeed. In Friday night's 70-49 victory over Snellville (GA) South Gwinnett, Mason completed 32-of-39 passes for 530 yards and eight touchdowns as Lassiter improved to 12-0.
The effort brings Mason's season totals to 4,244 yards and 54 TD passes - both state records.
Lassiter advanced to the AAAAA quarterfinals with the victory.
"I am very comfortable in this offense," Mason said. "I know where the receivers are going to be, they run great routes, we have great timing, and I feel very confident standing in the pocket."
More colleges are beginning to notice.
The 6-foot-3 190-pound three-star quarterback already has offers from Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and UAB. It's a list that's starting to grow.
"Kentucky and Virginia were both at my game last night," Mason said. "I have not talked to either of them before, they just showed up.
"If they offered, that would be great."
His record-setting performance has set up a marquee game with Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County.
The game will be a reunion of sorts for Coach Lindsey and Rush Propst, his former boss at Hoover (Alabama) High.
No matter the extra storylines, Mason is looking forward to the challenge.
"We scrimmaged them this season," Mason said. "They were a good challenge for us. They have a couple big guys on the defensive line and we got off to a slow start before getting it going."
To get to 5,000 yards, Mason will need at least two games. He's 756 yards short, but thus far he's been averaging just over 350 yards per game.
Mason is confident - because of the system he's playing in..
The Trojans run a traditional Tony Franklin-style spread offense and Mason believes it exploits high school defenses weaknesses.
"In high school, you just don't have an entire secondary of great players," he said. "You may have one guy out there going Division I. Our receivers and this offense can take advantage of that."
In record-setting ways.