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Illinois RB scores 4 TDs on 5 long carries in less than a half

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Lake Zurich (Ill.) High School running back Jacob Brinlee had a breakout season during his 2009 junior campaign, but he's taking his one-man show to a new level for his final senior campaign. Thursday night, Brinlee had a brief cameo of five carries in less than one half against Zion-Benton, yet he still tied a school record for single-game touchdowns in the process.

In fact, Brinlee might have put up one of the most efficient performances ever before retiring for the rest of Lake Zurich's 45-0 win with half of the second quarter still remaining. The senior left the game after rushing for 147 yards on just five carries, scoring touchdowns on all but one of those runs.

"The offensive line did a great job, and when they do [their] job it makes my job a lot easier," Brinlee told the Chicago Sun-Times. "The holes were that big, they did a great job and I just found the holes."

Here's how Brainlee's record-tying performance broke down, according to the Sun-Times:

Brinlee got going early for Lake Zurich (4-0, 1-0), taking a pitch 22 yards to the house just four minutes into the game. Less than five minutes later, it was from 27 yards out, as the Bears controlled the clock and the game from the start. In the second quarter, he took a handoff 74 yards untouched down the sideline, the entire Zee-Bees defense trailing him. He added a 12-yard run with seven minutes remaining before halftime for good measure, his last rush of the game.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster has yet to receive enough interest from Division-I colleges to register on most recruiting services, perhaps due to what the Chicago Tribune depicted as quiet modesty driven by a desire to give credit to his teammates. Yet that doesn't mean he won't play football at the next level. If he keeps putting up numbers like he has in the past season and a half, Brinlee will be hard to overlook.

"He is very humble. He's always been a quiet kid," Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz told the Chicago Tribune. "He has made some plays that you shake your head and say, 'How did you do that?'

"We knew he had special talents and we had to get him the football, but I don't know if we expected him to do the some of the things he's done. We're very fortunate to have a guy like that."

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