High school football: Depew's Blake Stafford dashes into record books with 613-yard, 11-touchdown performance
Blake Stafford could've kept running.
He had just rushed 30 times for 613 yards and 11 touchdowns in Depew's 102-55 win against Wesleyan Christian on Friday, but he was thankful.
"I've seen him more tired," Depew coach Cole Smith said.
Stafford's 613 yards is the second-most all time for an eight-man football game, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, which is the governing body that writes the rules of competition for most high school sports and activities in the United States. Last season, Quinton's Haven Barnes rushed for 620 yards, but it's not listed on the NFHS records page.
Luck's (Wisconsin) Chris Pouliot holds the all-time record of 633 yards, which he set on Halloween in 2015.
His 11 rushing touchdowns is the most ever for an eight-man football game, according to the NFHS record page. The previous record of nine had been accomplished four times, most recently by Joseph's (Oregon) Cayden Delury.
Coming into the game, Stafford had rushed for 24 touchdowns in Depew's first seven games. Against Wesleyan Christian, Stafford averaged 20.4 yards per carry.
Smith said Stafford praised his offensive line following the victory, saying the record would not have happened without them. Smith didn't realize what Stafford had accomplished until after the game.
"I knew he was having a big night," Smith said. "It was just one of those nights where you're clicking on offense, and it turned into that."