Marked Viking repeats rushing title |

Marked Viking repeats rushing title

Opponents treat Jake Hurwitz like a celebrity. They aren’t asking for his autograph, but they obviously respect him.

Despite possessing the Northern Nevada 4A League’s top quarterback and three of its best receivers, opposing teams always devise their defensive game plans around slowing down the Viking senior tailback.

Even so, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Hurwitz repeated as the league rushing champion with 1,313 yards on 157 carries.

“It was amazing accomplishment that he was able to get the title for a second year in a row,” said South Tahoe High coach Tim Jaureguito. “Jake got more yards than he did last year, but more amazing than that he was able to do it while most of the defenses were keying on him. The philosophy was to stop the run first and the pass second.”

The two-time defending Northern Nevada 4A zone 100-meter dash champion demonstrated a knack for breaking off huge chunks of yards as well as getting the tough real estate between the tackles.

“One of the main things my running back coach (Bill Tinlin) has taught me is not to be afraid to power through,” Hurwitz said. “I’m a small guy, but he showed me I can get away from anything if you make a single move.”

That’s why the keen observer will notice the Hurwitz doesn’t rely on his breakaway speed. He’ll stiffarm, spin and drive the pile forwad to get the most out of a play.

McQueen’s Chris Carr finished runner-up to Hurwitz with 1,173 yards, rushing 40 times fewer than the champ. Carr, however, had a better rushing average, 10 yards per carry opposed to Hurwitz’s 8.3, and the Lancer senior also scored 28 touchdowns.

The two will meet during the second round of the playoffs if the Lancers beat Carson on Friday and STHS stops Galena on Saturday.

“It was so relieving because we had our game Thursday and they had theirs Thursday, and it could have gone either way,” Hurwitz said. “He’s a great running back and a real nice guy, too.”

A small-but-quick veteran offensive line made Hurwitz’s repeat rushing title possible. The low-fat beef clearing the way for Hurwitz are weak tackle Nick Barclay, weak guard John Capitani, center Matt Ring, strong guard Matt McGuffin, strong tackle Jake Bobman and tight end Brandon Tinlin.

Hurwitz recognized their contribution to his rushing title (1,212 yards) last year by taking the unit out to lunch. The group already has been hinting at a repeat luncheon in their honor.

“Some of the guys have been joking, asking when they were going to get their lunch,” Hurwitz said. “I’d be happy to take them out every day. We have a unity that I don’t think a lot of people have. It’s good to know they’re the ones in front of me.”

After tasting the title once, Hurwitz said repeating the honor was a natural goal.

“It’s something we shot for, not really as a main focus, but having it last year it was a personal goal for the linemen as well as me,” Hurwitz said. “To perform as well, if not better, they really pulled through and we just had a great season.”

As the letters of interest continue to pour in from the Pac-10 and other West Coast colleges, Hurwitz plans on taking his time deciding where the next four years will take him athletically and academically.

“I’m not really at a stage where I have to decide yet, so I’m keeping my options open,” Hurwitz said. “I’m hoping some schools will see me for track as well as football so I can do both and have both options open.”

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