At the forefront of Washington’s ground attack – at least statistically – is Tupak Kpeayeh.
Even while alternating series with Sean Oromo through most of the season, the sophomore tailback has racked up 1,066 yards and eight touchdowns on 144 carries. Through nine games, he’s averaging over 118 yards per game and leads the team in all-purpose yards with 1,183.
“Tupak has got a lot of skills,” coach Chad Stadem said. “He runs the ball very hard. He can outrun guys. He can take on some physical pounding and he does that. He’s fun to watch.”
In Thursday’s season finale against undefeated Roosevelt, Kpeayeh carried the ball 30 times for 166 yards to help Washington take out the Riders and clinch the top overall seed in 11AAA.
“He’d just keep grinding,” quarterback Seth Benson said after the game. “I’d tell him, ‘You’ve got to hit that hole fast,’ and he goes, ‘All right,’ and he hits the hole fast.”
In claiming the top overall seed, the Warriors secured a date with Rapid City Stevens in the first round of the 11AAA playoffs. If history is any indication, Kpeayeh is in for another monster performance. He accounted for 301 of his team’s 626 total yards when the two teams met in Week 8.
“We’re feeling great right now,” Kpeayeh said. “We’ve just got to work harder every practice every day and make sure we do our best.”
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