His team lost a shootout, but Moreau Catholic High's Jason Hinton set a North Coast Section record with 473 rushing yards in Saturday's first-round Division IV playoff game against visiting Piedmont.
Hinton was given the ball 51 times and scored five touchdowns in the 54-50 loss to the No. 10 Highlanders. His 473 rushing yards broke the single-game rushing mark set earlier this year by Pittsburg's Harris Ross, who tallied 464 yards and six touchdowns on 21 carries against Monte Vista.
But even a historic performance from the junior couldn't carry Moreau Catholic past Piedmont in a wild second half. The Highlanders' couldn't slow Hinton and the Mariners had their hands full with Atu Ohuafi, who had 150 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns four different ways -- two receiving, one rushing, an interception return and a kickoff return.
"In the second half they had a hard time stopping (Hinton)," Moreau Catholic coach Andrew Cotter said. "That's the foundation of our offense, and if they're not going stop it, we're just going to keep running the same play."
Hinton also played some cornerback in the first half of Saturday's game, but got a rest when it was clear he was needed to carry the load offensively.
His previous season-high was 334 rushing yards against Mt. Eden, a game in which he also scored six touchdowns. Hinton rushed for 272 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Piedmont earlier this year.
But the Highlanders won the rematch, and move on to face No. 2 Fortuna on Friday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.