More milestones on the way for area football players

Photo - Fountain-Fort Carson Running Back, Eric Donnell (5), runs past the Pomona Panthers defense for an 87 yard touchdown return in the Trojans 42-7 loss Friday September 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

Fountain-Fort Carson Running Back, Eric Donnell (5), runs past the Pomona Panthers defense for an 87 yard touchdown return in the Trojans 42-7 loss Friday September 1, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

You can add two more to the list of Pikes Peak region running backs who have joined the millennium club - and another that is just inches away.

Canon City’s Kadin Porter surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last week with 163 yards on 30 carries to help the Tigers to a 41-21 win over Discovery Canyon. He has 1,051 yards on the season and averages 178 per game.

David Moore III of Pine Creek came tantalizingly close to breaking 1,000 rushing yards against Air Academy in Week 8, but came up one-yard shy of the mark. He ran for 126 yards against the Kadets, and has 999 yards on the season entering Week 9.

I’d be willing to bet he’ll join the millennium club this Friday.

Chiante’ Stewart from Ellicott surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in Week 7, running for 82 yards in a loss for Crowley County to become the area’s first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards. He also has 661 passing yards. Stewart’s Week 8 stats were not updated on MaxPreps as of Monday, but the Thunderhawks claimed a dominant 64-12 victory over Trinidad.

Another pair of quarterbacks are close to surpassing 1,000 rushing yards, as Vista Ridge’s Jaylen Thomas and Fountain-Fort Carson’s Eric Donnell, have more than 800 yards each.

Thomas, a RB turned QB, has 838 rushing yards heading into Week 8, and averages 104 yards per game. He also has .585 completion percentage and 469 passing yards.

Donnell, another transition quarterback, has 805 yards and averages 134 rushing yards per game. He ran for under 100 yards just once this season and has 539 passing yards.

Zach Martin of Air Academy may also break 1,000 yards by the end of the regular season. He currently has 800 rushing yards, and averages 100 yards per game.

Receiving recognition

While the area is stacked with running talent who have already surpassed 1,000 yards, we have two Pikes Peak region receivers who are close to locking in 1,000 yards.

Palmer Ridge sophomore Anthony Roberson II (2) runs for a touchdown on a reception ahead of Cañon City senior Bailey McBride (89) in the second quarter. The Palmer Ridge Bears hosted the Cañon City Tigers in boys' football on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Don Breese Stadium. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing 

Deuce Roberson of Palmer Ridge has 886 yards on the season and averages 110 yards per game. Roberson is one of two sophomore receivers ranked in the top 50 in the state at No. 6. The only other sophomore on the list is No.1 Andre Norman of Lutheran who has 1,058 receiving yards this season.  

Harrison’s David Barrow comes in at No. 7 with 822 yards and averages 102.8 yards per game. His quarterback Orlando Westbrook has 1,456 passing yards and a .646 completion percentage through eight weeks.

Evans surpasses 2,000 yards

The area’s top quarterback and Arkansas commit, Ty Evans surpassed 2,000 passing yards last week as he led the Bears to a 26-6 win over Thomas Jefferson to remain undefeated. He threw for 190 yards in Week 8 to rack up 2,087 yards on the season. Evans threw 3,130 yards as a sophomore.

Bussone, Mclarty on the hunt for 100 tackles

Vista Ridge linebacker Carter Bussone tackles Pine Creek running back David Moore III as the two schools faced off at the District 20 Stadium at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs on Friday September 22, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

Carter Bussone of Vista Ridge and Nate Mclarty of Peyton could reach 100 tackles this week. Bussone has 97 tackles through eight weeks and averages 12.1 tackles per game, while Mclarty has 93 tackles on the season and averages 11.6 per game.

Bussone and the Wolves face Palmer on Friday, while the Panthers travel to CSCS this week.