Whittell’s Huber sets Nevada rushing record
When Whittell senior Corey Huber runs onto the football field Thursday night at South Tahoe Middle School, he will do so as the leading rusher ever for the state of Nevada.
The speedy running back broke the 8-man career rushing record Friday, Oct. 13, against Mineral County. His 4,159 yards broke the previous mark of 4,056 set in 2008 by Coleville’s Jason Peters.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Huber, who didn’t know he set the rushing standard. “I don’t really pay attention to that, I don’t know where to find that stuff, but it is great to say I have a record. I’ll probably appreciate it more in a few years when I look back on it, if it still stands. Records are made to be broken. But it’s something cool to cap off my career.”
Huber is also in the top six in three other offensive categories. He is tied for fifth in career rushing touchdowns with 55 after 18 this season. He is sixth in both career points scored (530) and total touchdowns (72).
Whittell fourth-year head coach Phillip Bryant, who has watched every single yard Huber has gained, said he is a great kid and has earned the record with his work ethic, conditioning and ability.
“He’s such an unselfish player,” Bryant said. “To set a rushing record on teams that have had multiple rushers is incredible. He’s never been the featured back. As we’ve advanced through the years, there have always been other guys that run the ball too. I think it’s a wonderful thing.”
Warriors play Smith Valley Thursday in regular season finale
Huber would trade his record for a win last week against Virginia City, but he gets a chance to add to his numbers when the Warriors finish the regular season against Smith Valley. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in their home away from home.
And there is still much on the line.
The Warriors (7-1, 5-1 1A Northern West 8-Man League) need a victory over Smith Valley (6-2, 4-2 1A Northern) to secure their postseason berth and avoid any kind of tiebreaker.
“There’s always something on the line with every game,” Bryant said. “But if we take care of business, we go to playoffs. The kids are down a little bit after losing to VC, but they’ve gotta bounce back and make some things happen.”
Bryant says Smith Valley is the most improved team in the league this season and is concerned with the Bulldogs quarterback and his athletic ability. He says he’s not a great passer but he’s elusive and has the speed to take it the distance if he finds an opening.
The final regular season home game also means it’s senior night. There are eight listed on the Warriors’ roster. It will be the final time playing in front of their home crowd. If they win, they will be on the road for the playoffs. It’s sure to be emotional for the soon-to-be graduates.
“For every high school player, when you get to the end and realize there won’t be anymore football, it hits everybody,” Bryant said. “When it’s all over, you look back. I tell the kids, ‘This is the only time this team will ever be together.’ For the seniors, they took the loss really hard last Saturday, which is fine, but they have to shake it off and keep going.”