For as long as Craig Yenzer has been head coach of the Midland High Bulldogs, he's believed in a running back by committee philosophy, but hadn't found a back to pair with Lance White.
That all changed last Friday night when junior Darius Reed exploded on the scene.
"He was in when maybe we weren't having some success, maybe having some three-and-outs and for him to have a breakout game for us was huge," said Yenzer.
102 total yards with two touchdowns -- on just 10 carries -- and Reed believes he's just getting started.
"I really do want more," said Reed, "and the more that I want, the harder I work is gonna push him to work harder than he is right now."
Make no mistake -- the Bulldogs know who their feature back is -- but in the rugged District 2-5A, you can never have enough weapons -- especially with a team that features a two QB system.
"We've done this in the past and feel very strongly," said Yenzer. "You know, in 5A football it's a real physical game and we're fortunate to have the numbers and we're fortunate to have two really good players."
"It keeps us balanced," said White. "Teams don't really know much about either quarterback or running back because we're just switching out so much."
And with a healthy competition between the two, White is trying to pave the way for Reed and the next crop of Midland High halfbacks to come.
"I just saw how he played and how fast and strong he was and I was thinking like 'I'm gonna have some competition with that' and after he told me my position and my role, I'm just fighting to get a higher one and he's just pushing me," said Reed.
"I always want to be a leader to the younger kids like the sophomores, juniors," said White, "and I hope that he can step up and do the same thing next year."