Austin sets rushing mark

Football

October 07, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Tavon Austin, Dunbar's star running back, has set the state all-time record for rushing yards with 6,002 and counting.

Five games into his senior season, Austin passed Ben Tate of Snow Hill, who gained a record 5,920 yards from 2003 to 2005.

Austin carried 19 times Friday night for 125 yards in a 30-18 victory over City to set the mark.

"He's excited," offensive coordinator Travis Blackston said, "but not nearly as excited as his offensive line. Tavon is a humble player."

The offensive line that has opened so many holes for Austin is made up of Joshua Melton, Antonio Brown, Michael Mayo, Devin Clark and Anthony Walters.

Austin went into the season needing a little more than 600 yards and went into Friday's game 43 short of the mark.

"His strength is definitely his speed," Blackston said. "And he's also become known for his little stutter step that gets the defense to freeze. Once that happens, his speed takes over."

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