Mason Rudolph is off and running. And throwing.
The Cowboys quarterback commitment from South Carolina, who chose OSU over Virginia Tech and LSU among others, accounted for six total touchdowns Friday night in leading Northwestern High of Rock Hill to a 51-19 over defending state champion Gaffney in the season opener.
Rudolph passed for five touchdowns and ran for another in a big debut for Northwestern, which is ranked No. 22 nationally in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
According to reports, Rudolph completed his first 16 passes and 22 of 23 throws. His touchdown passes covered 35, 12, 11, 23 and 12 yards and he also scored on a 1-yard keeper.
Rudolph’s final numbers: 29-of-38, 260 yards.
“It felt good,” Rudolph told reporters after the game. “The offense was just rolling, the tempo was good. The receivers were bailing me out on a couple of throws and the (offensive line), we ran the ball on them all night, which was great. Kind of opened up the passing lanes for us.”
Entering the season, Rudolph had totaled more than 6,500 career passing yards and 65 touchdowns.
Here’s a link to newspaper coverage in the The Herald (Rock Hill).