Ethan Johnson sets new prep rushing record: 566 yards

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The high school football buzz over the weekend in Arizona centered in Division II, where Ethan Johnson led his Westwood High School team to its first victory of the year by setting a new state rushing record.

Johnson literally put the Friday night game with Higley High on his back and willed the Warriors to a 46-41 win, carrying the ball 38 times and averaging almost 15 yards each time he got the call.  He finished with an astounding 566 yards, which eclipsed the old mark of 513 yards set two years ago.

That brings the running back’s total so far this season to 1,419 yards, which has resulted in 15 touchdowns.  And next week he will have another opportunity to pile up some more big yardage when Westwood takes on its Mesa rival, Dobson High School, which is winless in eight games and has given up 296 points.

So, if you like lots of scoring, that game at Dobson should provide it, courtesy of Ethan Johnson.

But there’s another game this Friday in Division II that offers an exciting runner – but in a clash between two of the top teams in the conference.  Mesa’s top-ranked Skyline High School will host No. 4 Williams Field High School from Gilbert.  Skyline is still undefeated at 8-0, while Williams Field enters this contest with just one loss, to Desert Vista High in the second game on the schedule.  The Black Hawks are on a six-game win streak.

Skyline didn’t get much of a tune-up for this game. Its last victory was a 57-0 rout of Dobson.  But, even without factoring in that lopsided win, the Coyotes beat their other seven opponents by an average 21 points a game.

They average almost 500 yards of offense a game, 337 in a dominating ground game.  And, while they don’t have a runner that put up 566 yards, they do have an impressive running back of their own. Senior Amarii Keyes is averaging 166 yards a game and has 1,160 yards going into the Williams Field game.  Two weeks ago, he put up 327 yards against Higley.

While the focus of the offense is the running game, junior quarterback TJ Duarte is completing 63 percent of his passes, has thrown for 1,059 yards so far, and has just one interception in 85 attempts.

Williams Field relies more heavily on its passing game.  Of its 254 total yards per game, 144 of those are via the pass.  Quarterback Weston Murphy‘s primary target is junior receiver Max Fine, who is averaging 100 yards per game in receptions.

A win over Williams Field won’t guarantee that Skyline finishes the season at the top of the rankings.  The Coyotes will have one more hurdle to clear.  Their final game is against Mesa High, which is 6-2 and sitting in sixth place.