Locust Grove (Okla.) senior quarterback Mason Fine set the Oklahoma career passing yards record in Friday night’s 56-21 win again Sequoyah (Claremore, Okla.), but Colt Rowland was the star of the show.
Rowland, a 7-year-old with leukemia, arrived at the game via helicopter and was dropped off at the 50-yard line. He presented the game ball and called the coin toss. And when the game was over, he took the field with Locust Grove’s offense and rumbled 20 yards for the night’s most memorable touchdown.
Fine himself summed it up best after the game:
“So many people say that look up to me, well I look up to [Colt]. What he’s going through, and how he’s battling and just as a person, he’s a great person to be around. He’s been a role model for other people. He doesn’t know it, but he’s a role model for me, and I look up to him. It was a big accomplishment to hand the ball off to him.”
The battle against cancer took center stage on the evening, as Locust Grove wore special black uniforms with a pink Batman logo and a skull on the front. On the back, each player wore the name of someone they knew who had fought cancer. The jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting the Rowlands.
Wearing the name of a Locust Grove middle school teacher, Fine had one of the best games of his career. He entered the contest needing 157 yards to break the record of 11,357 set by L.T. Pfaff of Atoka (Okla.) in 2010. Fine set the mark in the second quarter and finished the night with 457 yards through the air, 161 on the ground and five total touchdowns.
Pfaff himself was on hand to watch his record fall.
This is not Fine’s first foray into the record book, as his junior year totals of 5,006 passing yards and 71 touchdowns were both state records. He also holds the record for most passing yards in a playoff game with 537. Fine shouldn’t get too comfortable as the state’s all-time passing leader, as Victory Christian (Tulsa, Okla.) senior Keats Calhoon also recently broke the 10,000-yard mark for his career.