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Mullican setting records
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Amid the cloud of an 0-8 season for the Warren County High School football team, sophomore quarterback Hunter Mullican is quietly on pace to have the best season of any signal caller for the Pioneers. Despite starting the season No. 2 on the depth chart, Mullican has already set two single-season records and has a third in his sights for the final two games. In fact, Mullican’s season has been so successful, he is already closing in on the all-time career records. Mullican’s numbers are starting to bump shoulders with some of the better quarterbacks in Warren County history, like Josh Paz, Lane McCarter and Randy Mullican. For the season, Mullican has completed 101 passes on 214 attempts for 1,234 yards and five touchdowns. Mullican set the career completions record three weeks ago against Coffee County, passing the previous mark of 70 held by McCarter. Last week, Mullican set the attempts record as well. Paz threw 183 passes in 2004, but Mullican moved to first after attempting 43 passes in a 49-32 loss to White County. The yardage record seemed like a longshot midway through the season, but now Mullican is nearing McCarter’s mark of 1,444 yards. Mullican needs to average 105 yards a game in the last two contests, a number the sophomore has eclipsed five times this season, including the past four games. Mullican’s season seemed to turn in week four. After being inserted into the lineup in the Pioneers’ first game following an injury to Connor Dixon, Mullican had a hard time for four weeks. After four games, and four losses, Mullican was completing 35.6 percent of his passes, averaging 72 yards a game and had thrown five interceptions and no touchdowns. The season turned around at home against Cookeville. Mullican threw for 311 yards and a touchdown and the rest of the season has been much of the same. Mullican attributes most of his success to growing comfortable with the offense following the game against the Cavaliers. “Our offense has gotten in sync,” said Mullican. “The line is protecting well and the receivers are making plays.” In the past four games, Mullican has thrown for 946 yards and five touchdowns while throwing just four picks. Mullican has also improved his accuracy, completing 53.2 percent of his passes in the same stretch. The recent tear has vaulted Mullican up the all-time record books. Mullican currently sits in third place all-time in completions with 106 in his career. Derek Elrod is second with 121 and Paz holds the record with 156. With a strong finish to the season, Mullican could also move up the career attempts and yardage standings. Mullican is currently fifth in attempts, but needs four more passes to move into fourth and pass Kyle Mullican. Only 14 more passes would move Mullican ahead of Thomas Craven’s career number of 244. Mullican is seventh in yardage and rests 35 yards behind a former teammate. Michael Thrower threw for 1,375 yards in his career. If Mullican’s averages hold steady this week against Tullahoma, Mullican could move past Thrower, Elrod, Todd Willmore and Kyle Mullican for third all-time. Although fans may be frustrated with a winless season, the Pioneer faithful are still getting to watch one of the best pure passers in Warren County history.