Southwest receiver's 8 TDs tie national mark in big win

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Fort Worth Southwest's junior tandem of receiver Robbie Rhodes and quarterback Wesley Harris combined to set multiple national and state records in a 66-21 homecoming victory over Fort Worth Arlington Heights on Friday night at Clark Stadium.

The victory solidifies the top spot in District 6-4A for Southwest (6-1, 6-0). Arlington Heights falls to 6-1, 5-1.

Harris and Rhodes delivered a simple game plan in taking command of the contest. When in doubt, put the ball up and let the 6-foot-1 Rhodes go after it.

Rhodes finished with 10 receptions for 394 yards and had TD catches of 68, 20, 53, 48, 74, 32, 41, and 29 yards. The eight receiving TDs ties a national record set by Earvin Johnson of Cathedral High in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 1998, according to the 2011 edition of the National High School Sports Record Book.

Rhodes' 394 yards is a state single-game mark. Blake Jumonville of Richardson Pearce had the record with 386 in a 2009 game. The 394 yards would rank sixth nationally in the 2011 record book.

Harris completed 20 of 30 passes for 562 yards and nine TDs, breaking a state single-game record held by eight others. The national single-game mark of 10 TD passes is held by five others.

Rhodes' first leaping catch was a 68-yarder in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

By halftime, Harris had TD passes of 68, 20, 53 and 48 yards to Rhodes, who also plays basketball for the Raiders.

Harris also found Willie Robinson on the last play of the half for a 34-21 Southwest lead.

Harris avoided the Yellow Jackets' rush and then fired to an open Robinson for a 68-yard touchdown.

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