At first glance, Potosi High School (Potosi, Mo) running back Brandon Bourbon's stat line from last Friday's game against North County High School seems like a typo. Gaining 451 yards and scoring six touchdowns on only nine carries just doesn't seem possible.
Even Bourbon himself expressed disbelief at the magnitude of his performance.
"This was really crazy," Bourbon said. "Pretty much every carry I got was a touchdown. At one point in the game I had five touchdowns on six carries."
The three-star running back carved up North County's defense in a variety of ways.
"Sometimes it was a big hole and it would be a footrace between me and the safety and me and the corner; one time they had me completely wrapped up and I fought out of it," Bourbon said. "It just seemed no matter what they did and no matter what kind of package they brought, it just always resulted in a touchdown. It was pretty awesome."
Suffice it to say, Bourbon has never had a game like this in his football career.
"No, no I've never had one," he said. "I think when I was a freshman I had 10 carries for 230 yards when I was playing fullback but no, this was really crazy. Not only was it a big gain every time but most of the time it was a touchdown."
The truly mind-blowing part of Bourbon's career night, though, is that he gained all of his yardage in only a little more than one half of playing time. Because Potosi was winning by such a large margin, Trojan head coach Mark Casey pulled his star player out of the game after one series in the second half.
And while Bourbon admits that it would have been nice to keep racking up yards against a less than stellar defense, he is more than happy to warm the bench in the second half if it means that his team is winning.
"Yeah, I don't care about that," Bourbon said. "Of course I want the stats, but that's something I worry about after the game. If we're beating people 42-7, I'm really happy with that."
So far this year, Bourbon has a lot to be happy about. Potosi is 6-0 and has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 248-81. Still, the 6-foot-1, 209-pound back won't be fully satisfied unless his team achieves its ultimate goal of a state championship.
"That would be perfect," Bourbon said. "That's what we want and so far we're off to a great start."
Through the team's first six games, Bourbon has gained 1,491 yards and scored six touchdowns and still has a realistic shot at reaching his preseason goal of 3,000 yards.
Bourbon is also performing admirably in the classroom, excelling in the seven classes he is taking fall term. He's also close to finishing his Stanford application and hopes to submit it to the Stanford admissions office soon.
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