Jarek Black admits he lost count Friday night. He was probably worried more about getting some oxygen.
The Shallowater junior running back got his 2012 season off to the best possible start in a 56-40 victory over Muleshoe. Black, who shared time in the backfield last year, showed why head coach Kyle Maxfield has confidence in him being the feature back as he rushed for 311 yards and seven touchdowns against the Mules.
The effort earns him the inaugural honor as the Happy State Bank/Avalanche-Journal Male Athlete of the Week.
“I expected to have a little bit of success but not as much as we ended up having,” Black said. “Our line really started moving a lot faster than we expected. We knew they could come out and start fast and they just got better as the game went on.”
So did Black, who scored on runs of 21 and 37 yards on two of his first three carries. He added touchdown runs of 50 and 69 yards before halftime.
“I kind of expected it to be a good game, just not as good as it ended up turning out to be,” Black said.
His barrage continued in the second half, scoring on runs of 3, 20 and 52 yards. His domination also helped open up the passing game for a 53-yard scoring strike to Jaleel Campbell, and Black also had an interception on defense.
“A night like that ... is not surprising. It was just a special night for him,” Shallowater coach Kyle Maxfield said. “He comes to practice every day ready to work and just had one of those nights. We just did what we do and he was able to break some tackles.”
Black showed flashes of that ability last year when he rushed for 690 yards and 13 touchdowns. Friday’s effort puts him almost halfway to his rushing total and well past halfway to his touchdown total from last year.
Black said he had no real goals for the season other than to play hard and lead the team. But now that he’s gotten off to a good start, some numbers are starting to pop into his head.
“Hopefully, I’m going to try and get 2,000 (yards),” Black said.
Maxfield, however, know’s its just one game.
“It’s a big plus when he can do what he did,” said Maxfield, whose team travels to take on the other big team from District 1-2A, Division I in Littlefield on Friday. “But we’ve got to work to get better everywhere else.”
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