Great article in the Washington Post about the breaking of the single-game rushing record in a high school football game.
There's a couple of things at work here, and I think it seems clear that at this point in history, single-game rushing records are going to come from a team that dominates another team. I see no way around that. When the record for one player is over 600 yards, that means the other team is probably in the fuckin' hurtlocker.
I've been on the losing team in some blowouts, and I've been on the winning team in some blowouts, and I don't think I could have ever mustered the disrespect for other players that Yogi (he's probably not a Yogi in the Hindu sense) Kinder did.
Again, read the article, but quick synposis here: Kinder coaches Matewan High School in West Virginia. He's got some Rudy-esque running back named Paul McCoy who may or may not get a scholarship to college. McCoy has had some big games already this season, and Burch High School is a perennially inferior opponent, and had graduated or lost 10 starters from the year before. When McCoy ran for 300 yards in the first half of the game against Burch High School, he expected to come out of the game. Kinder, with a record-breaking game in his sights, decided to go a different route.
Dave Hunt coaches Burch High School, and the Washington Post captures what he felt as the game went on:
The coach felt confused when McCoy ran onto the field to start the second half. Livid when Matewan started to run a no-huddle offense in the third quarter with a 35-point lead. Nauseous when Matewan stopped returning punts, instead letting the ball roll backward to leave more yards for McCoy.
Hunt's team had lost its first four games of the season, and it hadn't scored against Matewan in seven years. But never had Burch suffered this sort of embarrassment. Midway through the fourth quarter, McCoy ran for a 77-yard touchdown that was negated because of a holding penalty. McCoy smiled, trotted back from the end zone to the line of scrimmage and, on the very next play, took another hand-off for an 87-yard score.
"It was kind of unbelievable to watch it happening," Hunt said. "With about six minutes left in the game, I heard one of their assistant coaches yell, 'One more should be enough!' And here I am, my team losing by like 60 points, and I'm thinking, 'One more was enough two hours ago.' "
McCoy ended the game with 658 yards, 10 touchdowns, and obviously scored most of the points in the 64-0 win. I clearly empathize with the losing team. I can't imagine the frustration they must of felt. It says great things about Hunt's coaching that the game didn't become an organized riot--I would have been very tempted to have my players start trying to hurt starters any chance they got. In high school, in college, in the NFL--blowouts mean that the starters come out, 2nd string takes over, and that's how its always been. And regardless--running a no huddle offense with a 35 point lead? Letting punts roll back so McCoy would have more yardage. That's just wrong, in my book.
To quote Hunt from the article:
"I'm sure there are hundreds if not thousands of games each season where a record like this could happen, but it's just about who has the greed and selfishness to go out and do it," Hunt said. "It's not about who has the talent. It's about who has the greed and disrespect."
Yogi Kinder, You are way too competitive