YORK -- Quastin Walker rushed for a school record 312 yards, pacing the York Comprehensive High Cougars to a 44-37 win over the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets in last week's prep football action.
The Cougars, 3 and 5 for the season, are 1 and 1 in Region 3-AAAA play and remain in playoff contention.
Walker, whose blazing speed is no longer a secret to opposing defenses, bolted 75 yards to paydirt on the Cougars' first play from scrimmage.
Little did the home-standing Yellow Jackets know that York's junior tailback was just getting started.
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Trudging through soggy terrain, Walker became Fort Mill's worst nightmare, scoring four touchdowns along with his 300-plus infantry yards.
He concluded the offensive onslaught with yet another 75-yard scoring run from scrimmage in the fourth quarter.
While he was elated with No. 23's performance, YCHS head football coach John Barrett said Walker would be the first to say that the blocking of the offensive line, tight ends and fullbacks had a lot to do with his record-setting total.
Senior lineman David Henderson, who stands 6-3 and tips the scales at 260 pounds, felt good about the way the offensive line came off the ball in the Fort Mill game.
"We were able to take care of our responsibilities," Henderson said of the offensive unit's dominance. "Our job is to help us move the ball."
Barrett noted that the Cougars' offensive output extended beyond Walker's numbers.
"We had over 100 yards from the fullback position and over 500 yards rushing for the game," the YCHS coach said. "That's pretty impressive."
Senior quarterback Adrion Crawford, who may be seen at linebacker, running back or lining up behind center, feels good about his new responsibilities.
"I want to help the team wherever there's a need," Crawford said Friday night.
Added Crawford, "The Fort Mill win was big for us. We had a great offensive night on the ground and the offensive line played well."
Junior Matt Haynie and ninth-grader Corey Dover continue to rotate at quarterback, freeing Crawford to help on both sides of the ball.
Haynie said the win builds confidence and praised his teammates up front.
"Our offensive line made us successful tonight," noted Haynie.
Dover, who is the starting free safety and returns punts, sees advantages in sharing the quarterback duties with Haynie.
"It keeps me fresh," he said.
Barrett said the coaches have confidence in Crawford, Haynie and Dover at the quarterback position.
"Each brings something different to the offense that can help the team, depending on the situation," noted Barrett.
In addition to Walker's four touchdowns, Dover scored on a 2-yard run and fullback Taylor McSwain, a workhorse all season, had a 40-yard TD run.
Fort Mill quarterback Danny Till made his presence felt in a huge way with a stellar performance behind center and kickoff returns covering 97 and 95 yards.
Barrett said it was an ugly win but a win just the same.
"We needed a win," he said. "We made a defensive stop when we had to near the end."
The Cougars host the state's No. 4 rated team Friday when Northwestern comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
"Northwestern is one of the top teams in the state," observed Barrett. "They have a great offense and defense."
The Trojans eked out a 17-13 win over Clover last week.
"We will work hard and get ready to play Northwestern," said Barrett. "Our kids are excited about the opportunity."