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November 7, 2017

Let these numbers marinate for a second: 19 receptions, 281 yards, 5 touchdowns

Those would be pretty good stats for a high school wide receiver over the course of a season, let alone a single game.

But on Saturday night in Palatine, Pirates senior wide receiver Johnny O'Shea did just that in a second round 8A playoff game against the Edwardsville Tigers.

"He's a unique kid," said Pirates head coach Corey Olson. "A once in a lifetime player that you may get to coach."

Despite all the lofty numbers, O'Shea's performance still wasn't enough to help the Pirates advance to the quarterfinals, as the Tigers won a high-scoring affair, 38-35.

"Number 80 is a heck of a player isn't he?" Edwardsville head coach Matt Martin said. "You know the fade is coming and we still couldn't stop it."

With the Pirates trailing 7-0 with 2:03 left in the first quarter, O'Shea registered the first of his record-breaking five touchdowns on the afternoon, scoring from 16 yards out on a great pass from quarte...

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