Sumner Newscow Sports story of the year: Tanner Wood breaks the high school rushing record

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — If you weren’t in Conway Springs that night, and most of us probably weren’t, it might have been hard to comprehend just what happened at Chaparral High School on Oct. 19, 2012.Conway Springs Tanner Wood breaks record. First of all, there was that ridiculous score. Conway Springs 84 Chaparral 56. High School basketball games rarely have that many points.Then if you sort through the box scores it was obvious Conway Springs senior Tanner Wood had a really good game. But, still high school eight-man coaches always turn in stats that are a bit eye-popping – almost gaudy.For yours truly, it wasn’t until the next day when I comprehended exactly what Mr. Wood, the multitalented three-star recruit going to Kansas State, had accomplished. He just broke the Kansas high school single game rushing record with 659 yards against Chaparral. Kipp Connell of Claflin in 1998 had the single game Kansas record at 488 yards.Not only that, but Woods’ feat is now No. 3 on the nation’s all-time single game rushing record list. John Giannantonio of New Jersey still has the all-time record of 754 yards set in 1950.Think about it. There are thousands of high school football games across the country played every Friday night. Yet Wood is currently sitting there at No. 3 on a high school record list of infinity.What makes it even more unique about this accomplishment was, he wasn’t doing it against a hapless opponent, who couldn’t stop him. I’m sure Woods could have racked up similar yards on an opponent such as Bluestem.But Conway Springs wasn’t running away with the game at Chaparral. At one point the game was tied at 48-all in the third quarter. The Cardinals had to play Woods to win the game. It wasn’t a case of running up the score. The Cardinal defense had not stopped Chaparral’s high powered offense all night either.Wood, who is 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, would score 11 touchdowns in that game. And when the game ended around 10 p.m., the Cardinals were again triumphant as they usually are in district affairs.Conway Springs did not get a state championship this year or go on a long playoff run. Garden Plain would eliminate the Cardinals in the second round. Wood would suffer a shoulder injury and will miss the basketball season. He has verbally committed as a weak side defensive end at K-State. But some still believe he has the makings of being a college quarterback. That will be up for Coach Bill Snyder to decide.But there’s little doubt, Wood’s 659 yard effort against Chaparral was a defining moment in Conway Springs’ storied history – and perhaps Kansas High School football history. It is our pick as the No. 1 Sumner Newscow sports story of 2012. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 397 weeks ago I was at the game. Tanner wasn’t going for a record he was going for a win. If you look at his other stats from all games he is a beast ( on the field) and seems to be a good kid off the field. Cue you make a valid point that some other CS and GP backs could have been set loose on other teams at other times, but this was a legit record. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img