State’s all-time passing leader headed to The Flats

Georgia Tech has a lot to look forward to when Prince Avenue’s former quarterback Aaron Philo, the state’s newly minted all-time passing leader, heads to North Avenue.

After final tallies, Philo finished 20 yards ahead of Trevor Lawrence to set the GHSA passing record at 13,922 yards to beat Lawrence’s (13,902) record set from 2014-2017 at Cartersville. Philo was 328-of-469 passing for 4,596 yards and 56 touchdowns while leading Prince Avenue to a 14-1 record, capped with a 49-32 victory over Swainsboro in the championship game to complete his storied high school career.

His 56 touchdowns this season tied Macon County’s Khari Lane (2016) for the most passing touchdowns in a single season. Philo’s junior campaign was nearly identical.

Through 14 games of his junior year, Philo was 274-of-397 passing for 4,598 yards and 54 touchdowns while leading the Wolverines to a 52-34 victory over Swainsboro in the championship game. As a sophomore, Philo was 297-of-408 passing for 4,540 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading the team to the championship game before losing to Trinity Christian 55-28.

Philo could have broken the record by a substantial margin but as a freshman, he played behind four-star Brock Vandagriff during Prince Avenue’s first state championship run when the Wolverines defeated Trinity Christian 41-21. He was 5-of-9 passing for 13 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2020-21.

In his four seasons, Philo played in 47 games, attempted 1,287 passes, completed 908 of them and 159 went for touchdowns. He finished third on the all-time passing touchdowns behind Rabun County’s Gunner Stockton (177) and Lawrence (161).

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