During the first 70 years of high school football, passing statistics were missing in action, and for good reason. Run-based offensive attacks, restrictive passing rules and the size of the ball itself made the passing game a non-factor in the early days of the game. As a result, MaxPreps's list of the top passing leader for each season doesn't start until 1947.

It took nearly 30 years before the forward pass was even allowed as a football tactic and that all changed in 1906. Around 1920, the ball became more streamlined and easier to pass and around 1930 the rules concerning the forward pass were changed to allow a pass from the line of scrimmage instead of five yards behind the line.

Meanwhile, schools ran offenses like the Single Wing, popularized by Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians starring Jim Thorpe. ...

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