Dike-New Hartford (Iowa) senior running back Trent Johnson entered Friday night’s Class 2A first-round playoff matchup against Southeast Valley needing 401 yards to break the state’s all-time rushing record.
He did the mark a few better, racing for 427 yards in a 55-29 victory.
“I wasn’t really expecting the record tonight, but when they announced it all I could do was smile,” Johnson told the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.
According to the Des Moines Register, Johnson entered the 2016 season with 4,731 career rushing yards. At the conclusion of the regular season, during which he amassed 2,009 more, Johnson was up to 6,740, leaving him just 260 shy of reaching 7,000.
At halftime Friday night, he had rushed for 280 yards to surpass that threshold. He then had the record in sight. Following a 73-yard touchdown run, Johnson passed Levi Ferguson of North Mahaska’s record on a 10-yard jaunt.
After three quarters, Johnson was up to 418 rushing yards on 25 carries with seven touchdowns, putting him at 7,158 for his career, which is the most all time.
“Unbelievable!” Wolverines head coach Don Betts told The Courier. “He’s a special player and for a coach he’s a once in a lifetime kid. He’s a tremendous young man and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Johnson added another touchdown from 13 yards out, ending the night with 427 total rushing yards on 26 carries with seven touchdowns.
“I actually think other people wanted me to get it more than I did, but it’s an honor to get it for Dike-New Hartford and the community,” said Johnson. “I just wanted the win.”
The Wolverines (8-2) advance to play Prairier City-Monroe on Nov. 4 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.