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Statistically speaking: Oregon RB shatters state rushing record

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West Albany (Ore.) High running back Jake LaCoste didn't just break the state's 11-man football single-game rushing record on Friday night, he shattered it.

During the Bulldogs' 35-21 victory against Silverton (Ore.) High, LaCoste racked up an incredible 509 yards on 39 carries, breaking the previous state mark of 481 yards, which had stood since North Douglas (Ore.) High's Joel Williams ran for them in 1998.

The sophomore back also ran for five touchdowns in the victory, with the longest coming from 70 yards out. The back now holds season totals of 1,589 yards and a whopping 17 touchdowns, even though Friday's win was only the second time he had surpassed 200 yards in a game.

You can see the highlights of LaCoste's big night above, and can catch even more of his dominant downhill running style from the game with the radio play-by-play behind it right here.

As if those stats weren't impressive enough, consider this: the West Albany Democrat-Herald reported that LaCoste racked up those numbers in what basically amounted to three periods of work; the sophomore left the game after "banging his knee" with 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

According to the Oregonian, West Albany coach Randy Nyquist said LaCoste easily could have run for 600 yards "or more," if he hadn't left so early with the slight injury.

"One play I watched on film, I saw him break eight tackles," Nyquist told the Oregonian. "Those weren't easy yards. There were a lot of yards after contact."

LaCoste isn't the first member of his family to gain a reputation for being a tough runner to bring down. As pointed out by the Yahoo! Contributor Network's Jeff Mussall, LaCoste's older brother, Anthony LaCoste, finished his four-year career at West Albany with 6,419 yards. That total was good for third on Oregon's all-time career rushing list and led the Bulldogs to state titles in 2007 and 2008.

If the impressions of either coach who watched the youngest LaCoste tear up the Silverton defense on Friday night are any indication, Jake LaCoste may have every chance to outdo his more-heralded brother, who is now a sophomore running back for the Air Force Academy.

"He kind of runs with an attitude," Silverton football coach John Mannion told the Oregonian. "He doesn't like to come down. There were a number of plays where we seemed to have an angle on him, or had a couple of guys around him, and he's such a determined runner, he kept muscling through. Our guys were certainly giving great effort to tackle him, he just had a heck of a night."

Added Nyquist: "I think Jake is a little bit more of a power back than Anthony was. Anthony had more runs where he would just make people miss and run away. Jake has to make three or four people miss. He doesn't have quite the top-end speed that Anthony did, but I'm not convinced that that's not going to come as he develops."

More speed coming. That has to be a terrifying thought for Oregon defenses that still have two more years to try and figure out how to stop LaCoste.

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