While some parts of the country have yet to officially kick off the 2011 football season, other states already have stars racking up some truly astounding statistics. None may be more impressive than the single game put forward by Floyd (Ind.) Central running back Kyle Bramble, who ran for an amazing 310 yards and six -- yes, six -- touchdowns during his team's 49-21 rout of Providence (Ind.) High on Friday.
Just how dominant was Bramble's Friday night? The senior was so fast that the Pioneers' defense could hardly get a hand on him. According to the Jeffersonville Evening News and Tribune, the star running back scored on gallops ranging between 13 and 67 yards, each time eluding multiple defenders en route. Five of his six touchdowns came on direct handoffs while one was a typical screen pass.
Regardless of how he did it, Bramble was just about unstoppable.
"We knew coming in that he was a heck of a football player. He's as good as advertised," Providence head coach Larry Denison told the News and Tribune. "We had a good scheme against him. We just didn't make the plays. He's a very good ballplayer."
As impressive as Bramble was, his attitude about the rest of the team's season might be even more frightening for Floyd Central's future opponents.
"As usual, the offensive line did great. Everybody stepped up and did their job, especially the defense," Bramble told the News and Tribune. "We've still got to get a lot better."
Of course, it's possible that Bramble's single-game performance might not even be the best of the season in his own state so far. After all, Washington (Ind.) High wide receiver Gehrig Dieter pulled in five touchdowns along with a state-record 373 receiving yards during his squad's Week 1 win.
Those five touchdowns were matched last weekend in Georgia by Wesleyan (Ga.) School passer Will Anderson, who passed for five scores and 392 yards in his team's 43-40 win against Seminole County (Ga.) High, and Darlington (Ga.) High dual-threat quarterback Brad Butler passed for two touchdowns and ran for three more in his school's 42-35 victory over Dade (Fla.) Christian School.
Still, both of those notable marks were put up by quarterbacks, who always start with the ball, all of which seem to make the single-game statistics compiled by Bramble and Dieter all the more impressive.
Just don't tell Bramble or Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing that his star is the finished article yet.
"(Bramble) is pretty good, but we've got to get sharper," Floyd Central head coach Brian Glesing said. "His speed shocks everybody. He's deceptively fast. Our offensive line did a great job tonight. (The O-line) did a good job of coming off the blocks. It's fun to watch those guys come off the ball."
- Floyd Central