On a night when current Arkansas star running back Alex Collins signed autographs in the stands, future Razorback quarterback Ty Storey put on a show on the field.
Storey, a junior who has orally committed to Arkansas, was 14-of-16 passing for 260 yards and five touchdowns Friday to lead Charleston to a 42-13 win against Lavaca.
Storey bounced back from last week when he threw three interceptions for a nearly flawless performance.
"Ty didn’t have a great game last week and some of that wasn’t his fault," Charleston coach Greg Kendrick said. "But he was motivated to have a good game. I think he was about as good as you can be tonight."
Top-ranked Charleston (8-0, 5-0 3A-4) fell behind 6-0 as Lavaca (4-4, 2-3) took the opening drive and pushed in a touchdown. But Charleston answered with 42 straight points, invoking the Arkansas Activities Association mercy rule in the third quarter.
In successive drives, Storey threw touchdowns of 38 yards to Chance Shelby, 43 to Hayden Newhart, 15 to Shelby, 26 to Colton Ward and 8 to Shelby.
Shelby scored three touchdowns on four catches and became the all-time leading receiver in Charleston history.
"He has been a great player for three years and has put in a lot of work," Kendrick said. "Shelby is very deserving of any attention he gets."
Lavaca led 6-0 on Anthony Todaro’s 1-yard run with 7:27 to play in the first, but trailed 21-6 after one quarter and 35-6 at the half.
"Lavaca came out fired up and hit us in the mouth on the first drive," Kendrick said. "That’s what I expected them to do in a rivalry game like this. I am just glad at the way we responded and answered the challenge."
Lavaca couldn’t get much going after that first drive, but finally got a late score as Todaro passed to Luke Brown for a 19-yard TD.
"We came out and executed well on that first drive, I was proud of that," Lavaca coach Mark Headley said. "We played hard the whole game. Charleston is just a really, really good football team and they are tough to stop."
With the Razorbacks on a bye week, Collins showed up at the game wearing a Charleston Tigers T-shirt and was mobbed for most of the game. Collins signed every autograph and posed for every picture request and stayed through the end of the game where he talked with some of the Tigers.
"We were off this week and a friend from (Charleston) invited me to the game," Collins said. "I came down here to see some Arkansas high school football and I’m having a good time."
SUMMARY — No. 1 Charleston scored 42 unanswered points to stay unbeaten.
TURNING POINT — Chance Shelby’s 15-yard touchdown reception put Charleston up 21-6 after one quarter.
STAT — Charleston quarterback Ty Storey was 14-of-16 for 260 yards and five touchdowns.
Charleston 42, Lavaca 13
Charleston 21 14 7 0 — 42
Lavaca 6 0 0 7 — 13
Lav — Todaro 1 run (kick failed), 7:27.
Cha — Shelby 38 pass from Storey (Taggart kick), 6:19.
Cha — Newhart 43 pass from Storey (Taggart kick), 3:42.
Cha — Shelby 15 pass from Storey (Taggart kick), :45.
Cha — Ward 26 pass from Storey (Taggart kick), 7:29.
Cha — Pittman 10 run (Taggart kick), 1:10.
Cha — Shelby 8 pass from Storey (Taggart kick), 9:49.
Lav — Brown 19 pass from Todaro (Todaro kick), 2:58.
First Downs 7 15
Rushes-Yards 17-113 6-94
Passing Yards 22 260
Comp-Att-Int 2-3-1 14-16-0
Penalties-Yards 3-25 2-30
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
RUSHING — Lavaca, Todaro 7-50, Graves 5-43, Brown 3-16, Headley 2-4. Charleston, Pittman 6-94.
PASSING — Lavaca, Headley 1-2-1, Todaro 1-1-0. Charleston, Storey 14-16-0
RECEIVING — Lavaca, Todaro 1-3, Brown 1-19. Charleston, Shelby 4-67, Pittman 3-56, Ward 3-49, King 3-45, Newhart 1-43.