SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Big numbers for Baker's Thomas

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 02:51 PM.

There is little doubt that Baker School tailback D.J. Thomas is enjoying a stellar senior season. Thomas has amassed more than 1,108 yards rushing and scored 19 touchdowns after six weeks of the 2013 season.

In other words, through six games, Thomas was averaging 184.7 yards and just less than three touchdowns a game — and he accomplished that despite being limited to nine carries against Holmes County, 12 carries against Freeport and 15 carries against North Bay.

Thomas' 17 touchdowns match the total he scored in 10 games last year.

If Thomas continues on his current rushing and scoring pace — and the Gators make it to the state championship game, which would be the season’s 14th game — he would finish the year with 2,585 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns.

Where would an almost 2,600-yard season place him among the all-time state leaders? That's a question that's easier asked than answered.

I've done a lot of research and found two players — Derrick Henry of Yulee and Travis Henry of Frostproof — who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in one year.

As far as I can tell, the players are not related and Derrick Henry ran 4,265 yards last season. Travis Henry had 4,087 yards in 1996.



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