Update: Mott-Regent assistant coach Nathan Swindler has confirmed that Keller’s records are all-time school records. No Mott Cardinals player eclipsed more than 2,000 yards rushing in a career until the team formed ts co-op.
Since its football team began in 2000, Mott-Regent has had its share of talented running backs. However, itâ€™s latest tailback has leaped over the pile and into the school record books
Senior Ethan Keller, who has started since his sophomore season, set the schoolâ€™s all-time rushing record last Friday during a 42-22 win over previously unbeaten Beach. Keller rushed for a season-high 240 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries.
Keller now holds school records for rushing yards (2,824), touchdowns (36) and carries (351).
Brock Gion, who now plays for North Dakota State and was a standout from 2004-07, held the records for rushing yards (2,604), touchdowns (30). Mike Freidt, who played from 2001-04, had the attempts record of 336.
Gion still holds the yards per carry record (8.6). While Keller has played a full four seasons, one could argue the record comes with a bit of an asterisk. Gion did not play his junior season because of an injury and, if healthy, probably would have had at least another 1,000 yards and 15 TD to his career tallyÂ â€” and that’s speaking conservatively. GionÂ went on to set school single-season rushing records as a senior with 1,841 yards and 22 TD on 143 carries.
But, health is important when it comes to record books (see Brett Favre or Cal Ripkin) and, for the most part, Keller has been able to stay injury-free.
So far this season, Keller has 574 yards rushing and seven TD on 85 carries.
As a junior, Keller had 923 yards rushing and 14 TD on 99 carries.
His sophomore season, he had 1,099 yards and 14 TD on 133 carries.
As a freshman, he gained 228 yards and had a TD on 34 carries.
Mott Cardinals records
Bob Mosbrucker,Â 1,926 yards rushing
Jeremy Zentner, 1,925 yards rushing (MVP of 1990 state runner-up team)
Mott-Regent Wildfire 1,000-yard rushers