Last Friday night’s rushing performance by Eisenhower’s Branden Curtis was unlike anything I’d seen during a career of covering high school sports which is now in its 39th year.
Though I’ve not kept personal records, I had never before seen one player carry the ball 40 or more times and/or gain 400 or more yards.
Curtis, Ike’s 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior, totaled 488 yards on 47 tries.
My original and unofficial totals had him with 45 carries for 481 yards, but Cadets coaches charted his plays and yardage from their game film and revised the totals, and for that I’m grateful.
Keeping rushing, passing and receiving statistics while also charting a game’s play by play and other salient details, and without a spotter, is not easy and I’ve never claimed 100 percent accuracy. Hence the inclusion of the word “unofficial” in my Saturday morning game story.
Curtis, meanwhile, was understandably amped after his performance, which keyed a 34-13 Ike win over Davis, but also was sincere in his desire to share the spotlight with his offensive linemen. That night, preoccupied with the staggering numbers and our newspaper’s deadline, I did not individually detail the Cadets offensive front, but will do so now.
Prime movers on the state-record-setting night were tight end Jacob, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior; left tackle Dyllan Rowden, a 6-1, 285-pound senior; left guard Casey Garcia, a 6-3, 220-pound senior; center Drew Ball, a 5-11, 200-pound senior; right guard Jose Jimenez, a 6-0, 235-pound junior; and right tackle Josh Castenada, a 6-2, 220-pound senior.
Kudos to all.
My first prep game as a daily newspaper staffer? It was hometown Chehalis Bearcats against the Elma Eagles in September, 1974. Chehalis, then-coached by current Wapato mentor Orson Christensen, won, though I don’t recall the score.
FROM THE QUOTE FILE
“Not at all. Ready for more, to be honest.”
— Eisenhower senior Branden Curtis, after carrying 47 times for a state-record 488 yards last Friday night, when asked afterward if he was tired.