Prince Avenue’s Philo faces tall task to become state’s all-time passing leader

Aaron Philo has passed for 12,664 yards in his career at Division I No. 1 Prince Avenue Christian, and if he’s going to break Trevor Lawrence’s all-time career passing record (13,902 yards), he’s going to have to go nuclear in the final three games of the season.

Top-ranked Prince Avenue was forced to accept a forfeit victory in the first round against Athens Christian, leaving Philo with one less game to make a run at the career passing record.

But he’s still one of the greatest passing quarterbacks in the history of Georgia high school football.

He trails Lawrence, Gunner Stockton (13,652, Rabun County), Deshaun Watson (13,077, Gainesville) and Jake Fromm (12,745, Houston County). Fromm famously missed out of the playoffs his senior season at Houston County (2013-2016) and possibly could have set the state record if given five more games in his career.

But Philo still has three possible games to do work.

Philo, who has committed to play at Georgia Tech, was 19-of-27 passing for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 72-41 second-round victory against Mount. That leaves Philo needing to average 413 passing yards per game, while leading Prince Avenue to a state championship game, to tie or break the record.

That’s a tall task. But not unheard of.

In last year’s state championship game against Swainsboro, Philo passed for 477 yards. Against Social Circle last year, he passed for 500 yards. Against Athens Academy last year, 452 yards. Against ELCA this season, 408 yards. In 2021, he passed for 557 yards – fourth all-time in the GHSA – against Christian Academy of Knoxville.

Georgia high school passing yardage leaders (career)
13,902 – Trevor Lawrence (Cartersville) 2014 – 2017
13,652 – Gunner Stockton (Rabun County) 2018 – 2021
13,077 – Deshaun Watson (Gainesville) 2010 – 2013
12,745 – Jake Fromm (Houston County) 2013 – 2016
12,664 – Aaron Philo (Prince Avenue Christian) 2020-2023

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