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Little Elm back's 57 carries in 41-17 win over Frisco Wakeland just shy of state record
LITTLE ELM — A week after logging 55 carries and 332 yards, senior Ke’aun Kinner had an even heavier workload during Little Elm’s 41-17 victory over Frisco Wakeland.
Kinner’s 57th and final carry was a 4-yard dive into the end zone to extend his rushing totals to 345 yards and two touchdowns.
For comparison’s sake, Wakeland (6-3, 3-3 9-4A) racked up 303 total yards against the Lobos (4-5, 3-3).
“That’s the only plan we’ve had all year until [quarterback] Devante’ Pullum has started getting a little healthy now,” Little Elm head coach Donald Stowers said. “That’s all we had, a double-tight end package and run No. 22 [Kinner].”
If not for Pullum’s six carries for 41 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown scramble and a 30-yard bootleg to set up Kinner’s final touch of the night, the workhorse running back may have set a new standard in the state record books. The state record for most carries in a single game stands at 62.
“We don’t count,” Stowers said. “The bottom line is to win a ball game and keep him healthy.”
Rushing for 345 yards in a night, or 2,467 in a season, is not a one-man task, though. Little Elm’s starting offensive line averaged more than 272 pounds, and that was with usual 282-pound starter Trey Marks on the sideline battling the stomach flu. With run-blocking tight end Richard Morones throwing in an additional 231 pounds, Little Elm usually knows who will control the trenches.
“We’ve always felt like we had a chance to at least be a good ground-and-pound team with what he had coming back this year,” Stowers said. “Those guys get it done up front.”
As much as Kinner set the tone, Wakeland did itself no favors turning the ball over five times, including one interception in the red zone, one fumbled kickoff and one fumble which Little Elm returned for a touchdown.