Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer 1. Xavier Turner, Birdville, 153 carries, 1,334 yards: Turner is averaging four touchdowns per game, and he's scored 29 of Birdville's 51 touchdowns this season. The powerfully built, 5-10, 205-pound senior has scored 72 touchdowns in the last three seasons.
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor 2. Bryan Hammond, The Colony, 155 carries, 1,302 yards: In terms of what he means to his team, Hammond might be the most valuable running back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hammond, a 5-11, 200-pound senior, is a workhorse who has led The Colony in rushing since his sophomore year.
3. Caleb Chapman, Little Elm, 174 carries, 1,154 yards: The senior has picked up the mantle from Ke'aun Kinner, who earned SportsDayHS first-team honors after rushing for 2,929 yards in 2012. Chapman is a converted cornerback, adding 20 pounds in the off-season.
Mike Stone - Special Contributor 4. Kelton Moore, Arlington Seguin, 170 carries, 1,150 yards: Moore is a senior quarterback who has thrown for 772 yards and 6 TDs this season, but he's been a workhorse as a runner. Moore has more than 30 carries in each of the last three games and rushed for a total of 575 yards in the games.
David Minton - DRC 5. Lamontra Owens, Corsicana, 133 carries, 1,123 yards: Four starts into his varsity career, the sophomore broke Corsicana's school record by rushing for 457 yards and five scores in a 77-65 loss to Sulphur Springs. Owens already has 1,123 yards rushing this year, despite a cancelled game against Waxahachie and garnering only two carries last week against Tyler John Tyler - leaving the game with an ankle injury.
KELLIE ANFOSSO - kellie1982.smugmug.com 6. Ronald Jones, McKinney North, 98 carries, 1,105 yards: The junior rushed for 325 yards and six touchdowns last week to help McKinney North beat Lovejoy, 48-45, for one of its biggest district wins in several years. His 20 rushing TDs are second most in the area this season.
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor 7. Corey Avery, Dallas Carter, 90 carries, 1,060 yards: The senior, a top recruit who said this week that Texas Tech and Baylor are his favorites, is averaging nearly 12 yards per carry despite closing in on 100 rushes. If he can get past the linebackers, he is tough to catch in the open field.
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