It would be exceptionally difficult for any running back to get off to a better start in a big game than Hutchinson (Minn.) High junior Robbie Grimsley. Just check out these statistics, all from Grimsley’s first three carries: three touchdowns, 225 yards and one Prep Bowl record for longest touchdown run from scrimmage. That’s an average of 75 yards-per-carry.
As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, among other sources, Grimsley’s first three rushes accounted for 76, 57 and a title game-record 92 yards, respectively. The three scores he accounted for gave Hutchinson a three touchdown lead against Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, Minn.), an edge which it would never relinquish in a 49-7, state title-capturing victory.
While Grimsley broke the game open early, he hardly got a chance to pad his stats. Rather than make a run at the state’s Prep Bowl record of 374 rushing yards, Grimsley carried the ball just three more times, finishing with 261 yards on six carries.
He averaged 43.5 yards per carry and could have made a more full-blooded run at the record if he hadn’t suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter.
The victory gave Hutchinson a second-straight state title, thanks in large part to Grimsley. According to the Star-Tribune, the junior’s team scored 35 points on just 16 plays in the first half, and the most notable of those were thanks to Grimsley.
"Robbie’s a game-breaker," Hutchinson football coach Andy Rostburg. "If you give him a crack, he’s probably gone."
Holy Angels learned that the hard way.
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