Ohio’s Top 50 Athletes of the Decade: No. 2 Ben Mauk

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No. 2: Ben Mauk, Kenton, Football, 1999-2003

We continue – and tomorrow conclude – the countdown of
JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Today we unveil the No. 2
athlete in our countdown. No. 1 is less than 24 hous away.

Today’s entry owns eight national high school football records…and
is second in eight as well…


We continue – and this week conclude – the countdown of
JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Today we unveil the No. 2
athlete in our countdown. No. 1 will be announced tomorrow!

Today’s entry owns eight national high school football records…and is second in eight as well…

2. Ben Mauk, Kenton, Football, 1999-2003: Ridiculous. That word best describes the high school career of Ben Mauk. The only way to put into perspective what the QB accomplished during his four years leading the Wildcats is to simply say that no high school football player in history anywhere in any state – including anyone in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – has done what Mauk did. Over the span of four seasons, Mauk set – and still owns – eight national high school football records. He’s No. 2 in eight categories as well.

En route to leading Kenton to back-to-back state titles in 2001 and 2002, and winning Mr. Football his senior season, Mauk produced 19,628 total yards. He threw for 17,364 of it. Both are the country’s best tallies ever – by far.

What else did Mauk do?

Here’s a complete list of where his name appears in the 2009 National High School Sports Record Book:

Total Yards Career: 1st, 19,628 1999-2002 (17,364 passing, 2,264 rushing)

Total Yards Season: 1st, 7,928 2002 (6,540 passing, 1,388 rushing); 2nd, 6,727 2001 (5,770 passing, 957 rushing)

Total Yards Per Game: 1st, 528.5 2002 (7,928/15); 2nd, 448.5 2001 (6,727/15); 5th, 395.5 2000 (3,955/10)

Passing yards per game: 1st, 436.0ypg (2002); 4th, 384.7ypg (2001)

Most Passing Attempts Career: 1st, 1,905 (1999-2002)

Most Passing Attempts Season: 1st, 674 (2001); 2nd, 669 (2002)

Most Passing Attempts Per Game: 4th, 44.9 2001 (674/15); 5th, 44.6 2002 (669/15)

Most Completions Career: 2nd, 1,095 (1999-2002)

Most Completions Season:  2nd, 413 (2002); 3rd, 369 (2001)

Most Completions Per Game: 3rd, 27.5 (2002); 9th, 24.6 (2001)

TD Passes Career: 2nd, 178 (1999-2002)

TD Passes, Season 2nd, 76 (2002); 12th, 60 (2001)

Passing Yards Career: 1st, 17,364 (1999-2002)

Passing Yards Season: 1st, 6,540 (2002); 2nd, 5,770 (2001); 57th, 3,936 (2000)

Mauk had successful college careers at Wake Forest and Cincinnati and spent some time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He’s currently playing for the Cincinnati Commandos of the Continental Indoor Football League.

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COMPLETE COUNTDOWN

Honorable Mention

50. Daequan Cook, Dayton Dunbar, Basketball, 2002-2006

49. Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven, Football, 1997-2001

48. Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, Football, 2006-2010

47. Jared Sullinger, Columbus Northland, Basketball, 2006-2010

46. Marc Sylvester, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Track,  1997-2001

45. Collin Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, Wrestling, 2005-2009

44. Dustin Schlatter, Graham/Massillon Perry, Wrestling, 2001-2005

43. Cachet Murray, Girard, Track, 2002-2005

42. Jantel Lavender, Cleveland Central Catholic, Basketball, 2003-2007

41. Whitney Meyers, Cincinnati St. Ursula, Swimming, 1999-2003

40. Lance Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, Wrestling, 2002-2006

39. Harry Lester, Cuy. Valley Shristian Academy, Wrestling, 1997-2001

38. O.J. Mayo, North College Hill, Basketball, 2003-2006

37. Michelle Munoz, Mason, Girls Basketball, 1997-2001

36. Maurice Clarett, Warren Harding, Football, 1997-2001

35. Chris Ash, Akron Firestone, Swimming, 2001-2005

34. Bridget Franek, Mantua Crestwood, Track & Field, 2002-2006

33. Ryan Pore, Mansfield Madison Comprehensive, Soccer,
1998-2002

32. Jessica Simpson, North Canton Hoover, Softball, 2004-2008

31. Tony Jameson, Austintown-Fitch, Wrestling, 2005-2009

30. Blaine Maag, Columbus Grove, Football & Track & Field, 2001-2005

29. Jeff Jaggers, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Wrestling, 2000-2004

28. Kristin Daugherty, Warsaw River View, Volleyball and Basketball, 2003-2007

27. Nate Davis, Bellaire, Football and Basketball, 2003-2007

26. Lauren Prochaska, Plain City
Jonathan Alder, Basketball, 2003-2007

25. Sarah Dorenkott, Gates Mills Hawken, Swimming, 2003-2006

24. Margo Geer, Fairbanks, Swimming, 2006-2010

23. Erik Kynard, Toledo Rogers, Track & Field, 2005-2009

22. Todd Boeckman, St. Henry, Football, Basketball and Baseball,
1999-2003

21. Sam Borchers, Yellow Springs, Track & Field, 2003-2007

20. Nicole Fawcett, Ben Logan, Volleyball, 2001-2005

19. Sarah Schulze, Anna, Cross Country, Basketball and Track & Field,
2003-2007

18. Jimmie Pacifico, Vandalia-Butler, Track & Field, 2003-2007

17. Ryan Radcliff, Sherwood Fairview, Football & Baseball, 2004-2008

16. Barbara Turner, Cleveland East Tech, Basketball, 1999-2002

15. Logan Stieber, Monroeville, Wrestling, 2006-2010

14. Jason Bainum, Williamsburg, Football, 1998-2002

13. Matt Allare, Kings Mills Kings, Tennis, 2003-07

12. Kenneth “Kiki” Willis, Youngstown Mooney, Soccer, 2001-2005

11. Ted Ginn Jr., Glenville, Football & Track, 2000-2004

10. Tyrell Sutton, Akron Hoban, Football, 2001-2005

9. Brandon Saine, Piqua, Football & Track, 2003-07

8. Alyssa Kiel, Gates Mills Hawken, Swimming, 2001-2005

7. Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky, Basketball, 2003-07

6. C.P. Schlatter, Columbus DeSales/Graham, Wrestling, 1999-2003

5. Emily Pendleton, Elmore Woodmore, Track & Field, 2003-2007

4. Sunni Olding, Minster, Cross Country, Basketball and Track,
2000-04

3. David Taylor, Graham, Wrestling, 2005-2009

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