1,000 Yard Rushing Notes

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645 WNY players have rushed for 1,000 yards in a season.

Jamestown has the most 1,000 yard rushers with 17, followed by Sweet Home, with 16.

The most 1,000 yard rushers in a season were 30, in 2000.

Buffalo East and Sherman are the only schools that don't have a 1,000 yard rusher.

From 1950-1989 there were 155 1,000 yard rushers; in the 1990s there were 184.

26 1,000 yard rushers averaged over 10 yards per carry.

Vince Ferrugia of Cardinal Mindszenty was the first Msgr. Martin player to rush for 1,000 yards. He rushed for 1,132 yards in eight games in 1958.

Players from 94 WNY schools have rushed for 1,000 yards.

The first Section VI player to rush for 1,000 yards was James Ryan of Allegany in 1953.

Mark Lyles, of Grover Cleveland, became the first Harvard Cup player to rush for 1,000 yards, in 1975.

Ray Braxton, of Lackawanna, became the first WNY player to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (1985-87).

Twelve WNY players have rushed for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Todd Choate, Alden (1990-92); Ray Braxton, Lackawanna (1985-87); Tim Rissell, Falconer (1992-94); Dave Schmidli, Wilson (1994-96); Major Cole, Turner/Carroll/O'Hara (1995-97); Wade Turner, Lackawanna (1996-98); Paul Paddock, Cattaraugus/Springville (1996-98); Brandon Munson, Albion (1998-2000); James Henley, South Park (2000-02); Sammy Smith, Hutch Tech (2003-05); Reggie Garner, Cardinal O'Hara (2005-07); Okoya Anderson, Orchard Park (2009-11)

James Henley, South Park, is the only WNY player to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons (2000-04)

Dustin Bowser, Southwestern, rushed for the most yards in two consecutive seasons (2002-03), 3,855

Ryan Smith, Tonawanda; Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer; Keien Williams, Eden; and Sammy Smith, hutch Tech, rushed for 1,000 yards in three seasons (not consecutive).

Most carries for 1,000 rushers; Jeff Tundo, Orchard Park; 328 (2007) and 321 (2008)

Dave Conklin, Hinsdale, had the highest average yards per carry for 1,000 yard rushers. He averaged a remarkable 13.4 yards per carry in 1975. He would end up with 1,667 yards on only 124 carries.

Evan Majewski, Starpoint, and Nick Vallone, St. Mary's, can be the next two WNY players to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive years.

Okoya Anderson because the latest player to reach this milestone when he rushed for 1,000 yards in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons for Orchard Park.

 

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