Durham (N.C.) Riverside High senior running back Joel Evans was no stranger to generating video game statistics. After all, he already had a pair of 230-yard games this season. But Friday night was different. In fact, nobody's seen anything quite like it.
Evans rushed for 419 yards and six scores in a 63-49 win over Cleveland (Clayton, N.C.), multiple local media outlets reported. The 419 yards is a lot, ranking among the top 20 efforts in state history, but here's the rub: Evans produced that total on only 12 carries.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” Evans told The Raleigh News & Observer. “It seemed like I always had plenty of room to run. It was wide open.”
Again: That's 419 yards on 12 carries.
That's 34.9 yards per carry, and that's ridiculous. Just 5-foot-6, 175 pounds, Evans scored on runs of 66, 36, 43, 81, 67 and 56 yards. Yup, his shortest touchdown run was 36 yards.
"That was the best individual performance I’ve seen at Riverside personally," Riverside head coach David Hackney told The Durham News, "and I venture to say that’s the best individual performance ever in school history." You think?
Evans has rushed for 1,229 yards and 13 touchdowns on 131 carries (9.4 yards per carry) through six games, leading the Pirates to a 4-2 start this season. And he's been better in his last three, totaling 841 yards and 11 scores on 62 carries (13.6 yards per carry).
Word of advice to Riverside's next opponent: Put your entire team in the box.