Princeton’s Johnny Frasier and Garner’s Nyheim Hines both crossed the 6,000-yard career rushing marker Friday night in victories.
Frasier, who ran for 249 yards and four touchdowns in Princeton’s 67-30 victory over North Duplin, passed Mike Atkinson as the school’s career rushing leader.
Atkinson finished his career (1977-80) with 6,221 rushing yards. He was among the national leaders in career rushing touchdowns (92), carries (929) and yardage. He later played at Duke.
Frasier, a senior who has verbally committed to Florida State, now has 6,282 yards rushing. His four touchdowns moved him within striking distance of the top 10 in career rushing touchdowns with 86.
In Garner, Hines crossed the 6,000-yard mark with his 134-yard night in the Trojans’ victory over Knightdale. Hines has 6,109 yards in his career.
Entering this season, only 23 players in NCHSAA history had rushed for more than 6,000 yards.
Hines is closing in on Anthony Barbour’s 5,806 career rushing yards at Garner. Hines compiled 602 of his career yards while playing at Leesville Road.
Hines needs 299 yards to pass Barbour, who is an assistant coach at Clayton.
Frasier is now 16th on the state’s career rushing list and would break into the top 10 if he can get close to 7,000 yards. His mark is already the highest by a Johnston County runner.
Hines, meanwhile, is the second runner from Wake County to rush for more than 6,000 yards in a career. He trails only Cary grad Josh Adams (2002-05), who had 7,220 career rushing yards. Adams is eighth all time in the state.
The state has two 10,000-career yard rushers: Kevin Parks (10,895, West Rowan, 2006-09) and Toney Baker (10,241, Jamestown Ragsdale, 2001-04).
Fast start: Dominic Ford made his first start at quarterback Friday night and helped the Caps rally from a 18-point deficit in the second half in an eventual 37-34 overtime loss to Wakefield.
Ford, usually a wide receiver, missed the first four games of the season with a broken collarbone. He was pressed into action after quarterback Owen Wilkinson was injured against Sanderson.
Ford, a senior who also is a projected four-year starter in baseball, completed 26 of 40 passes for 398 yards. He had three touchdown passes and three interceptions.
“It was quite a performance,” said Broughton coach Billy Lane.
Two Rivers race: The Two Rivers 3A Conference race is wide open with two weeks left.
South Johnston (4-5 overall) leads with a 3-0 league record with games left against Cleveland and Smithfield-Selma, who along with Corinth Holders are 2-1 in conference play.
Cleveland has the game with South Johnston and a game against Western Harnett.
Smithfield-Selma plays Corinth Holders and South Johnston, and Corinth also has a game at Triton.
Baker goes for 200: Matt Baker of Heritage notched his third straight 200-yard rushing game in Friday’s 17-14 loss to Millbrook. Baker had 40 carries for 240 yards against one of the area’s best defenses.
He had 35 carries for 203 yards in a 33-7 loss to Wake Forest and 35 carries for 200 yards in a 20-12 win over Enloe.
Johnson, Hines jerseys: Cleveland defensive tackle Sterling Johnson received his postseason all-star jersey last week and Garner’s Hines will receive his on Thursday night.
Hines will play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The U.S. Marine Corps will present him his jersey before Thursday’s Greater Neuse 4A game against Southeast Raleigh.
Johnson will play in the eighth-annual Under Armour All-America High School football game in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2.
West Charlotte coach dies: West Charlotte High head football coach Mo Collins died Sunday morning at age 38. Collins played at West Charlotte and was a member of the 1993 team that played in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A state championship game.
He was a three-year starter at the University of Florida and played six seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
He was in his first season as head coach.
Computer rankings: Michael Pardue, an AP statistics teacher at Wilson Fike High, has developed a statewide high school computer ranking (ncrpi.com) based on wins and strength of schedule.
In his system, New Bern was the top 4A team in the state before last week’s games, followed by Wake Forest, Richmond, Charlotte Mallard Creek and West Forsyth. East Wake, which was 5-2 with losses to Wake Forest and Garner, was a surprise pick at No. 7. Middle Creek is No. 9 and Garner is No. 10.
Southern Durham led 3A and Orange was No. 4. Lee County, before its loss to Corinth Holders on Friday, was No. 11.