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Fairview's Aidan Atkinson, a junior, had one of the best football games a quarterback in Colorado has ever had September 27.

Atkinson threw for 687 yards and nine touchdowns in a 67-33 win over Legacy. Both figures set 11-man football state records, and both rank second all-time across all classes of the sport.

"The state records are cool and all but that's not why we play," Atkinson told after the game. "We play to win a state championship. This was a great game. Me and my receivers, we work so hard and we practice so hard with our timing and throwing the ball. Coming out here and being able to show everybody that and put up some big numbers, it was great to show everybody what we're all about."

Fairview's staff reviewed film overnight and confirmed Atkinson's yardage total as 687 yards, according to coach Tom McCartney. He completed 32-of-50 passes.

"We definitely felt like he was being efficient," said McCartney, now in his 26th season as the Knights' coach. "We have an identity, so we know we like to throw it. If we miss the mark once or twice in a series, we are still OK, we have some more downs."

McCartney said he and his staff were roughly aware of Atkinson's yardage totals during the game — thanks to the Tweeting efforts of reporter Brad Cochi.

"A little bit toward the end, it just seemed like people were 'in the know,'" McCartney said. "Because of Cochi's tweets, there were some people that knew that it was getting close" to the record.

But it wasn't until the game ended that McCartney actually got to reflect on what had happened. After all, Legacy had made it a one-score game in the third quarter.

"When they started the third quarter and got two scores there, and so it's 33-26 — you're not really thinking about anything that's happening with offense," McCartney said. "You're trying to figure out, 'How are we going to win this game?' Until it said 0:00 at the end, you're not really just enjoying the show that maybe some other people might of."

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