Horak becomes first KS player with 2,000 rush/2,000 pass

Tucker Horak of Rossville looks to lead team to back to back titles. (photo: Susan Gentry)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Nov 23, 2015

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Rossville senior quarterback Tucker Horak has put together one of the most impressive careers for high school football in the state of Kansas. He had already proved that before he played a game his senior season, winning a state title last year and earning virtually every honor you can get, but his performance so far in 2015 has elevated that even further. On Friday, Horak became the first ever Kansas high school player to rush and throw for 2,000 yards each in a single high school football season.

“It’s always a good feeling knowing that your hard work pays off. It was icing on the cake getting to share it with my amazing team the last time we ever stepped foot on our home field in front of our crowd.” Horak said.

Horak’s 407 total yards in Friday’s sub-state performance win over Rossville gave him 2,705 yards rushing (45 TD) on the season to go along with 2,043 yards passing (30 TD) for the season. Those numbers seem like career numbers right? Think again, Horak has now passed for 5,483 yards and rushed for 6,790 more as a three year starter at quarterback for the Dawgs. Throw in 569 more total yards rushing and receiving as a freshman, plus his total return yardage, you have a player with 13,443 yards and 183 career TDs. Minus the kick return yardage his 12,653 yards is 6th all-time in the United States by the NFHS.

Horak isn't the most heavily recruited, fastest, or biggest guy on the field, standing at 5-foot-10 and weighing 180 pounds, but it doesn't stop him from being one of the best playmakers Kansas has ever seen. He is just a football player that makes things happen and someone at the next level is going to be happy they took a chance on this small school talent outside of the Topeka area. Regardless of what he goes on to do he will always be remembered for what he has done in Kansas over the past four football seasons and it should be appreciated. 

“I don’t think we or everyone around here will really realize what we have until he is gone.” Rossville head coach, Derick Hammes said.

He isn’t quite done yet as undefeated Rossville (13-0) will have their biggest test of the season as they take on undefeated Wichita Collegiate (13-0) this Saturday in the 3A state football championship in Topeka. Rossville will be going for their second all-time state title. The Bulldawgs won it all last year and are on a 27 game winning streak. Rossville has one other appearance when they took second back in 1992, losing 3-0 on a field goal to Hesston.