EAST LANSING — Trent Stone showed power.
He displayed patience and strong vision.
And the Holt senior running back showed a burst to break away from defenders.
Those traits helped Stone to a season-best 264-yard rushing performance and four touchdowns in the Rams’ key 35-20 CAAC Blue victory over East Lansing on Friday. They’ve also helped Stone build off the success from a junior season where he earned honorable mention Division 1-2 all-state honors.
“Trent is good,” said Holt senior Mitchell Kauffman, who has been one of the linemen paving the way for Stone. “Trent runs through arm tackles, Trent runs through everything. Trent runs through big hits and Trent finds the cut.”
An ability to gain yards after contact has helped Stone eclipse 100 yards rushing in every game this fall. That’s included surpassing 200 yards on the ground the last two weeks in victories over Everett and East Lansing. Stone, who is interested in continuing his career at Western Michigan and has received attention from Davenport, said watching film has helped him improve as a running back.
“It’s all about studying film,” Stone said. “I watch a lot of film. I put marks on what I didn’t do and I go back and try to do it the next game.”
But Stone also is quick to give credit to Kauffman and the other linemen that have set up blocks and created running room.
“I trust my linemen,” said Stone, who has rushed for 923 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games. “I trust my linemen to open the holes and that’s what we do.
“I can’t do that without them. If I had no linemen I couldn’t do anything. I can’t have 200 yards. I just appreciate my linemen.”
First-year Holt coach Chad Fulk appreciates having a special talent like Stone as the centerpiece of his offense. Stone’s presence has been a key reason why the Rams (3-2, 3-0 CAAC Blue) have won three straight since an 0-2 start. Holt is tied atop the CAAC Blue standings with unbeaten Grand Ledge in the season’s middle stages.
“When he needs to get the power he does,” Fulk said. “His vision is amazing. He’s not the fastest guy we’ve ever had back there, but he’s not slow either. When he needs to turn it on he can. His vision and the moves that he can see and the back cuts are phenomenal. We’re lucky to have a guy like that.”
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