Joplin’s Tash recognized for national record

Tash completed 73.6% of his passes in his career at Joplin High School.
Blake Tash Joplin

Less than two weeks after officially setting the Missouri high school record for career completion percentage, Joplin’s Blake Tash has now entered the national record books.

The NFHS (National Federation of High School Associations) has recognized Tash’s career completion percentage of 73.6% as the best mark in national high school history (minimum 600 attempts.)

Tash surpasses the previous national record of 71.6%, which was held by Washington’s Garrett Grayson out of Vancouver Heritage High School.

“It feels amazing,” Tash says, “Going through the season, I had no idea this was even a possibility until our last regular season game. After the game I was made aware of it, but I didn’t want to focus on that at the time because our team goal was to keep winning games. I just wanted to keep being the best I could for my team.”

As a senior, Tash completed 75.8% of his passes, throwing for 2,787 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a state runner-up finish in the Missouri Class 6 playoffs.

“I think the biggest key in (setting the record) was building the relationships I had with my teammates and the work we put in during the off-season. We always made sure we were doing everything we could to get better.”

Despite the success in high school, the Joplin QB currently has offers from only Fort Scott CC, Evangel University and Dordt University to continue his football career in college.

“I’m extremely motivated to compete at the college level,” Tash says of his next move, “I’ve been told I was too small my whole life, or I don’t have what it takes to be successful at the next level. But, my high school coaches believed in me, my family believed in me, my teammates believed in me and now it’s time to get to work and go prove myself at the next level.”