DQ Blog

Oct 13, 2009

A passing world? Not my world

With all the publicity given to spread offenses these days, with Texas Tech down the road throwing like crazy every game under mad scientest Mike Leach, with a teams like Eastern New Mexico throwing 94 passes in one game, with West Texas A&M chunking it like crazy every week the past four years, it seems all we hear and read about these days is passing numbers and quarterbacks

Not in my world.

I have been on a terrific roll this high school season watching entertaining games. But those games haven't been about the air attacks. My treat has been watching some serious running.

Sept. 18 - Amarillo High running back Heath Herrington spins and claws his way to 253 yards rushing during the Sandies dominating 38-20 win over Odessa Permian. That was a sight see as Herrington dove at the end of runs for every inch that night and his smile in the locker room afterwards was worth weight the senior has ever lifted.

Oct. 2 - I show up at Highland Park and fell in love with the new turf field. Then I see Wheeler's Michael Gaines go crazy for 243 yards on 11 carries and score on runs of 68, 53 and 48 yards - by halftime.
Wheeler won 55-0 and Gaines finished with 280 yards. He carried twice in the second half as Wheeler coach Brandon Smith called off the dogs.
Gaines found the HP secondary in a hurry thanks to exceptional line play in front of him. But when senior smelled the end zone, he soon tasted it.

Oct. 9 - Are you kidding me? It's been four days and I still don't believe what I saw at Dick Bivins Stadium during Palo Duro's 55-42 win over Caprock in a District 3-4A opener.
The game itself was a thriller with PD coach Steve Parr on the opposite sideline of his son, Caprock head coach Seth. The Dons race out to a 40-14 lead, only to see Caprock roar back with 28 unasnwered points taking 42-40 advantage. Then PD bounced back with 15 unanswered to secure the win.

When 97 points are scored, one would think this was Air Parr.

It wasn't.

Palo Duro rushed for nearly 700 yards with running backs Denzel Everhart and Ty Hicks each eclipsing the 300-yard rushing mark. That's correct. Both these guys went over 300 yards with Everhart at 318 and Hicks at 304.
When was the last time you saw one back rush for more than 300 yards in game? Two? Never. Not in my life.

Everhart and Hicks each made highlight runs and showed their skills.

While the passing game seems to have taken over football, my life has been full of some good old fashion running this fall.

I'm not complaining, either.

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