Florida State commit Luke Altmyer throws 5 TD passes, breaks Starkville single-game passing record

MADISON — Luke Altmyer was a one-man wrecking crew Friday night.

The Florida State commit tossed five touchdowns and broke the school record for passing yards in a game as top-ranked Starkville ran past Germantown 41-7 in a key Region 2-6A matchup.

“Luke Altmyer is as good as advertised,” said Starkville head coach Chris Jones. “We finished with a win, but we played a good team that was effective at times.”

Altmyer finished the game 31-of-45 for 426 yards with five touchdowns. The passing yards breaks Brady Davis’ mark of 411 yards in 2014 against Oxford.

Starkville (5-0, 2-0 Region 2-6A) went right down the field on the opening drive of the game on six plays that was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Altmyer to Sam Hunt.

On the next drive running back Amariyon Howard pitched the ball to Jordan Mitchell who scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out to extend the Jacket lead to 14-0 with 6:13 left in the first quarter.

On the last drive of the first half Altmyer found Hunt again on an 8-yard score with 47 seconds left to put Starkville up 21-0.

After Germantown turned the ball over on downs at their own 28-yard line Altmyer connected with Hunt again from 25 yards out with 2:31 left in third quarter to extend the Jackets lead to 27-7.

Hunt finished the night with 78 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

“We had so much fun and played a complete game all around as a team,” Altmyer said. “Me and Sam have been together since sixth grade and he’s worked so hard and he’s been due for a big game.”

Altmyer then threw touchdown passes to Hayden Davis from 22 yards out and LeRoy Hollingshed from 17 yards in the fourth quarter.

Starkville is off next week, but will get a forfeit win over Greenville, and will be back in Madison on Oct. 16 against Madison Central.

“We got to continue to get better and be at the top of our game,” Jones said. “Madison is always a tough game and a rival game, so it will be fun.”

The only Germantown (3-2, 0-2) score was a Branson Robinson 58-yard run on a fake punt with 10:50 left in the third quarter to cut the Starkville lead to 21-7.

Starkville’s defense held the Mavericks to just 228 yards of total offense.

“Luke Altmyer is special and they are a really good team. He’s the best quarterback we’ve faced since Bilbo back when I was at Clinton,” said Germantown coach Tim Shramek. “We did some good things tonight and I still believe in our guys and we got a ways to go.”

–Brandon Shields

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