It appears to be the year of the running back.
Last week we informed you of the record breaking performances of Rison's Raphael Caldwell and Charleston's Ryan McDonald, today, we are going to talk about Glen Rose RB Steven Kehner.
Kehner has reportedly gone over 5,000 yards rushing in his career, which will put him in the Top 10 of All-Time rushing yards for the State of Arkansas. Prior to Kehner's accomplishment, Cabot's Brian Jones (1996-98) sat at No. 12 with 4,796 yards while Mineral Springs' Cedric Smith (2004-06) sat at No.11 with 4,970 and McGehee's Lenorse Bailey (1998-99) sat at No. 10 with 5,047. We are working on getting Kehner's exact yardage amount.
Rison hits milestone with shutout
The Rison Wildcats shut out Genoa Central by the score of 50-0 Friday night.
According to Rison statistician Stan Sadler, this made Rison's 200th shutout victory since World War II.
The Wildcats move to 5-1 on the season with the victory, and remain undefeated in conference play.
ArkansasVarsity.com photographer rushed to hospital
For those in attendance of Friday night's game between Watson Chapel and Monticello, there was a scary moment early in the second quarter. ArkansasVarsity.com lead photographer Jimmy Jones passed out on the sidelines, and had to be rushed to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
Jimmy, who recently had a stint placed in an artery in his heart, was released from the hospital early Saturday morning after being treated for dehydration. Doctors said the combination of humidity, and the medication he was on caused not only the dehydration, but his blood pressure to drop, causing him to pass out.
He is now at home resting up, preparing himself for the finals weeks of the regular season, as well as the playoffs.
Watson Chapel RB five yards short of 1,000
Watson Chapel running back Aaron Lagrone was disappointed Friday night when Coach George Shelton removed him from the game late in the third quarter of the Wildcats 49-15 victory over Monticello.
Lagrone is just five yards short of a 1,000 yard season, and he was hoping to hit the mark before a homecoming crowd.
"Monticello locked down and keyed on me all night." said Lagrone. "That gave my teammates like Sam Bass and Mitch Lane the chance to shine like they did. I'm closing in on 1,000 yards. Five more yards and I will be there. It was just a good night, but not really the performance I wanted to get on homecoming, but we won, so I'm proud to get a win against the defending State Champs of 5A."
Battle of the running backs
If you like to watch running teams battle head to head with two of the top backs in the state on each sideline, then Friday night is your night.
The defending Class 3A Fountain Lake Cobras will host the undefeated Glen Rose Beavers.
Fountain Lake will rely on star running back Mark Makin while Glen Rose will rely on star running back Steven Kehner. There is already a lot of smack talk between fans of both teams about who the best is between the two, and Friday night may just settle that dispute.
ArkansasVarsity.com will have a team of reporters and photographers in attendance for this game.
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