Running backs run up the records

The 2009 high school football season ended with a flurry of three games in the span of nine hours and much like its final day, the season saw a flurry of records fall at different points during the season.

Since it may be difficult to remember who rushed for what during Week 2, MDVarsity.com is going to take the next three days and take a look at some of the players who etched their names into the record book this season.


Snow Hill's Deron Ames finished his high school career with 5,237 yards, which places him sixth all-time. Ames is only the ninth player to pass the 5,000-yard plateau and sits behind players such as Tavon Austin, Ben Tate, Marcus Mason, Terry Caulley and Olandis Gary. Ames passed the 5,000-yard mark with a 105-yard performance against Stephen Decatur during Week 10 of the regular season.


The rushing records welcome a number of additions since several running backs had performances of more than 300 yards this season.

This is the first time in state history that three running backs have had Top 10 rushing performances in the same season. Josh Furman, Marcus Coker and Greg Goodwin all rushed for at least 373 yards and will rank in the top 10.

Perhaps no performance received more attention this season then Josh Furman's 414-yard, six-touchdown game in the Class 4A East region final against Arundel. Furman's performance came in a 58-55 double-overtime victory [which is another record that will be discussed later] that propelled the Patriots to the state semifinals and on their way to a state title.

The Old Mill senior places third all-time behind only Sam Hess of Hancock (446) and Darnell Dennis (418) of Cambridge-South Decatur. Dennis' performance, like Furman's also came in the playoffs. Furman rushed for 2,284 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.

DeMatha's Marcus Coker held the mark for most rushing yards in a game this season prior to Furman's performance. The Iowa commit rushed for 391 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-35 victory over Gilman during Week 2. The performance came on a soggy Saturday at Gilman in a battle of Top 5 teams. DeMatha was ranked No. 1 and Gilman No. 5 at the time.

Coker's performance places him fifth all-time. Coker rushed for 1,607 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.

Huntingtown's Greg Goodwin rushed for 373 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-24 win over Great Mills during Week 10. Goodwin led Maryland in rushing and touchdowns this season with 2,597 yards and 37 touchdowns.

Goodwin had a string towards the end of the season in which the senior rushed for at least 250 yards in six of seven games.

Goodwin's 373 yards ranks him 10th all-time.

Goodwin also tied for seventh all-time with 37 touchdowns this year. The running back is tied with three other players: Ryan Smith (Urbana), Aaron Thompson (Mount St. Joseph) and Larry Washington (Randallstown) all had 37 during their senior seasons. Wicomico's David Brown holds the record for most touchdowns in a season with 43 in 2007.