Jeremiah Knight, a running back for Jefferson Area High School (Jefferson, Ohio) has been showing why he is one of the top running backs in Ohio. According to MaxPreps, seven weeks into the season, Knight is the fourth leading rusher in the state and 18th in the nation with 1,593 yards. He averages 11.2 yards per carry and 227.6 yards per game, and in the past three weeks, the Falcons running back tore up every defense he faced. In that period, the senior posted 986 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns!
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In Week 5, Knight had a 369-yard, five-touchdown performance. In Week 6, he gained 374 yards on 24 carries and and scored four touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass. Knight cooled off a bit in Week 7, but he still had 233 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 55 and 45 yards.
Those are beastly numbers, but what makes them even more impressive is that the 5-foot-10, 195-pound back has been breaking several tackles on his long touchdown runs. In the video below, watch Knight consistently make would-be tacklers miss. It doesn’t matter how many defenders come at him, Knight seems to always make the right moves to escape.
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During his 45-yard touchdown, Knight broke to the left side of the field where he was quickly surrounded by four defenders. After a vicious stiff arm to the first man and a nasty spin move against the second, he got a good block from a teammate on the third and juked the last defender out of his cleats to find the end zone.
Though Knight has already broken the Ashtabula County career rushing record of 4,555 yards, he is hoping for more. “My goal is to get 2,000 yards on the season,” Knight told the Ashtabula Star Beacon.
To check out more highlights, go to his MaxPreps page here and his YouTube channel here.