In 2010, Ray Lewis' son, Ray Lewis III, exploded onto the prep football season with an awe-inspiring performance in which the then-sophomore racked up 504 total yards for Lake Mary (Fla.) Prep Academy. Well, he found a way to top himself in 2011, albeit with fewer yards.
Lake Mary Prep running back Ray Lewis III
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Lewis, pictured above, broke the Lake Mary single-game school rushing record by rolling for an amazing 384 yards against Winter Garden (Fla.) Foundation Academy. En route, Lewis scored five touchdowns in the Griffins' 60-36 win.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the man whom Lewis topped in the Lake Mary record books was … himself. Lewis now holds four of the school's top single-game rushing marks after recording totals of 272 yards, 272 yards and 260 yards during the team's 2010 campaign.
Those prior totals only make Lewis' performance on Friday all the more impressive. Not only did he set a school record, he topped it by more than 100 yards. Lewis also gained those 384 yards on just 27 carries, meaning he averaged more than 14 yards per carry.
"Our game plan was keep the ball in our hands, out of their hands, and keep the clock running as much as possible," Lake Mary Prep coach Sheddrick Gurley told the Sentinel.
The Griffins achieved that with an absolute truckload of running plays. In addition to Lewis' 27 carries, fellow running backs Andrew Michaels (nine carries), Dwight Tucker (eight rushes) and quarterback Dwayne Rackard Jr. (six carries) all toted the ball more than the team passed in total; Rackard threw just six passes (and completed three) during the rout.
Still, that hardly takes away from the younger Ray Lewis' latest achievement which followed on a performance in which he could carry the ball only three times because of an aching shoulder.
Just think what he can do when he's back to full strength. The possibilities are frightening, though perhaps not as frightening as his father when staring down an opposing quarterback on a broken-play scramble.
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