Don’t look now, but the Pikes Peak region has two area running backs who have already surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season.
Doherty’s Julian Cooks hit the 1,000 mark in Week 7 against Smoky Hill when he put up 117 rushing yards on 22 carries. Last week Cooks ran for 104 yards in a 28-7 win over Arapahoe to bring him to 1,126 rushing yards on the season.
Doherty’s top RB is currently ranked eighth among running backs in the state according to MaxPreps. Cooks ran for 1,011 yards last season.
Following closely behind Cooks is Harrison’s Aumiere Shedrick, who is just two yards shy of Cooks’ mark on 21 fewer carries.
Shedrick broke 1,000 yards during his three-touchdown performance against Sierra, in which he ran for 115 yards. He then improved on his ranking with 119 rushing yards last week against Pueblo Central.
Shedrick is ranked ninth in the state according to MaxPreps.
On the cusp
In addition to the two Pikes Peak region athletes who have already surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, there are a few others who are tantalizingly close to joining the millennium club.
Canon City’s Kadin Porter has 888 yards entering Week 8, and averages 126.9 yards per game. The senior could break 1,000 yards this week against Discovery Canyon. Porter finished with 912 yards in his junior season.
Coronado’s Troy Renner is the next-ranked area running back with 877 yards according to MaxPreps. Averaging 11.4 yards per carry and 146.2 yards per game and could hit 1,000 yards rushing this week against Montrose.
Sophomore David Moore III of Pine Creek is also working his way toward the millennium club with 873 yards on 129 carries. He averages 124.7 yards per game and has the chance to break through before the end of the regular season. Last year Moore ran for 1,585 yards as a freshman.
Moore is the youngest running back ranked in the top 50 in the state of Colorado. He is the top sophomore back by more than 200 yards, and he is ranked 31st among all running backs in the state.