In 1996, I was living and working in Galveston. Ball High, the public high school on the island, made its deepest playoff run in many years. They reached the state 5A Division 2 semifinals, played in the Astrodome. The opponent was Austin Westlake. Westlake, which entered the game 14-0, had an undersized QB named Brees. I didn’t go to the Dome but I listened on the radio, the only BHS game I ever bothered to find on the radio. It was a close game but Westlake won. The next week Westlake blew out Abilene Cooper in the state final to complete a 16-0 season. Nobody in Texas recruited that kid, though, and he wound up choosing Purdue over Kentucky.
Now 23 years later, that smallish kid holds every NFL passing record worth mentioning, including his 540th TD pass tonight, and will set a few more when he quits, like career completion percentage.
If Ball High had to get knocked out of the playoffs that night, it took a pretty good QB to do it.