Valley Christian High School's Ryan Severson ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries and the Warriors rushed for 466 yards on the night, cruising to a 42-21 win over host Bishop O'Dowd on Friday night.
"I like that average, I really do," Severson said with a chuckle, quickly adding, "It's my blocking."
A lot of it certainly was. But there was also quite a bit of fight in Severson when the blocking broke down.
Late in the third quarter, with Valley Christian (1-1) leading 28-14, the Warriors had the ball deep in their own territory. Severson took a second down carry around left end and appeared swarmed by black jerseys at his own 10-yard line. However, suddenly he broke loose and absolutely nobody was able to catch him. It was a 94-yard touchdown run and it was a back-breaker.
"We had good blocking but I really wanted to keep fighting so we didn't get a safety and switch the momentum," Severson said. "So I fought, fought, fought, broke free, saw the end zone and just ran. I looked up and didn't see any black jerseys."
It was a similar feeling for teammate Kirk Johnson, who took what looked like a routine counter off of right guard through a massive hole, and found himself alone in the Bishop O'Dowd secondary for an 80-yard touchdown. Johnson finished with 152 yards on 16 carries.
The Dragons (2-1) fell behind 28-0 at halftime, but showed some fight in the second half. Quarterback Dominic Miroglio threw touchdown passes of 31 and 32 yards on consecutive offensive plays sandwiched around a successful onside kick. Miroglio finished the night 19 of 39 with three touchdowns and three interceptions for 299 yards.