Prior to last Friday's regular-season finale, Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin accepted the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week trophy for his performance against Bastrop on Oct. 13.
On that night, Griffin completed 10 of 15 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in only one half of play, as the Hippos cruised to a 55-13 win.
But, as impressive as that outing was, it pales in comparison to what Griffin did to the Cedar Creek Eagles last week.
In just over two quarters of action, Griffin completed all but one of his passes (19-of-20) for 352 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions to lead Hutto to a 48-6 victory.
His final touchdown of the night – a 21-yard strike to Caleb Forrest – came with 9:10 left in the third quarter. Forrest finished with six catches for 101 yards and two scores, while DJ Baptist led the Hippos in receiving with 113 yards and three touchdown grabs.
Griffin also threw touchdowns to Caden Dykowski and Trey Pinnelli, and spread the ball around to eight different receivers.
"As a quarterback, you can never be selfish. I try to [lean] on those guys as much as I can, along with the offensive line," Griffin said in a recent interview with 104.9 The Horn. "Having weapons outside, along with to my side in the backfield, helps me be able to play without any restrictions."
Griffin has averaged more yards per game this season than any other Class 5A or 6A player in the state. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior is 210-of-293 (72%) through the air with 3,308 yards, 34 touchdowns and only one interception.
Griffin also has three rushing touchdowns for the Hippos (9-1, 7-1 District 19-5A), who opened up their playoff run Friday night in Bryan with a Bi-District match-up against Brenham.
"My faith really helps me keep calm, keep [my] composure and keeps my life tranquil, even though others may see it as hectic," he said. "I just try to be my best in everything and know that as long as I take it one day, one snap and one play at a time, all of my hard work and dedication will pay off."