Americas’ Running Back Josh Fields Shatters City’s Single-Game Rushing Record
In the era of spread, air raid, and high flying passing offense, two El Paso running backs put up special nights in week five.
Americas senior running back Josh Fields ran for 464 yards on 35 carries, and three touchdowns, shattering the city single game record held by Andre Sessions in 1989 of 426 rushing yards.
Fields who is the highest rated 2017 senior running back in El Paso, holds multiple FBS offers including UTEP and New Mexico.
The super senior joins El Paso’s 400-yard single game rushing yard club along with Hanks’ Adonis Powell who ran for 411 yards in 2011, and Stephen Lee who ran for 422 yards for Austin High in 1985.
His brother Jack Fields posted 386 rushing yards against Bel Air in 2011.
Americas can stake claim of having one of the more deadly rushing attacks in the 2000’s era, boasting a well oiled, and physical offensive line since Patrick Melton took over the job.
The Blazers are now 3-1, and off to a 1-0 start in district 1-6A play with a 24-21 win over Coronado on Friday.
While Fields’ night will now live in El Paso High School football lore for a long, long time, another El Paso running back put up some ridiculous numbers, and showed he maybe a threat to Fields’ single-game record in the near future.
Parkland’s sophomore sensation Deon Hankins came into Friday’s district game with Hanks as the state’s leading rusher, and ran for 387 yards and four touchdowns Friday.
Hankins had touchdown runs of 1-yard, 78-yards, 92, and 90 yards which came on consecutive carries in a 75-28 thrashing of Hanks.
Parkland put up 865 yards of total offense on Friday, with 554 coming on the ground, and now sits 4-1 overall, and 2-1 in district 2-5A.
Hankins now has 1,469 yards and 13 touchdowns through five games, and is now on pace to break the city’s single season rushing record set back in 2000 by Bowie’s Ricky Tuda who put up 2,748 yards.
The sophomore is squatting 600 pounds according to head coach Josh Kirkland, and will become a hot recruiting commodity over the next three calendar years
Kudos to both Americas’ and Parkland’s offensive line’s for creating major space for two special runners who put on a special show for El Paso fans on a special Friday night.
Josh Fields highlights vs. Coronado (embed code)
Deon Hankins highlights vs Hanks