WELLMAN — A 49-0 victory in a football game is awesome, but 316 yards rushing by one person is astounding.
Not only was Kayden Reinier’s 316 yards rushing incredible, it set a Mid-Prairie record.
Not only was it a record, he accumulated all of those yards on a meager 12 carries and scored on almost half of those.
That is an average of more than 26 yards. His five touchdown runs totaled 263 yards, an average scoring scamper of 52.6 yards.
Mid-Prairie celebrated Senior Night with the 49-0 rout of Central Lee Friday to open Class 2A District 7 play with a win.
The Golden Hawks first possession saw Reinier, a senior, score his first TD on a 30-yard jaunt. His second TD went 66 yards on the next Mid-Prairie offensive play. With almost 6 minutes remaining in the first quarter, senior Josh Wallington scored after senior Ben Meader recovered a fumble. Reinier rumbled through CL’s defense for scoring runs of 67 yards and 50 yards in the second quarter for a 35-0 lead at the half.
The first Mid-Prairie offensive play of the second half was Reinier ripping off another 50-yarder into the end zone. Reinier broke Josh Berry’s rushing yardage total of 301 yards. That record was set in 2005.
Senior Clarke Latcham ran 73 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“The offensive line (Senior Joe Allred, junior Gannon Callahan, sophomore Jack Zahradnek, Wallington, senior Conner Shalla), tight end (junior Justice Jones) and fullback junior Cael Garvey played really well,” Mid-Prairie head coach Pete Cavanagh said. “I didn’t know Reinier’s yardage until after the game. It’s a good step to win the first district game.”
While the offense gets the glory, the defense allowed the visitors just two first downs and 37 total yards, including a negative 15 rushing. Michael Kelly, a senior, finished with 4.5 tackles.
Other Golden Hawks seniors are Nathan Quinby, Vinny Bowlin, Keegan Gingerich, Luke Boyse, Jake Swartzendruber, Dominic McCain, and Micheal Kelly.
The Hawks are 1-1, 1-0 in the district and host EBF Friday. Both EBF and Mid-Prairie did not play the second week of the season due to COVID concerns.