An adjustment to my statistics from Poquoson High's 49-27 football win on Thursday over Warhill shows that Warhill's Devonte Dedmon ran for 339 yards, just 30 yards short of the Bay Rivers District rushing record set in 2007 by Dyrell Roberts of Smithfield.
I originally had Dedmon for 311 yards, having counted two shotgun snaps over his head for losses of 28 yards after he recovered the ball. A college sports information director I queired about such plays says that when a loss of yardage is not fault of the person recovering the errant snap, he counts the loss of yards as a "team rush" so as not to penalize player who recovers the ball.
A snap on a 12-yard loss skidded off Dedmon's finger tips, while the snap resulting in the 16-yard loss was way over his head. So I added the 28 yards back on for the 339 yards on 24 carries: which included runs of 67, 64, 52 and 60 yards. The three runs of 60 or more were good for touchdowns.
Roberts, a Virginia Tech standout who is back at Smithfield as an assistant coach, ran for 369 yards in a 42-13 win over York in November 2007. Dedmon might have beaten the record had Warhill not passed more - 5 of their final 12 plays - late in the game.
Dedmon threw for 31 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown pass. With 945 yards rushing in five games, Dedmon is likely to surpass 1,000 yards in the first half of his sixth game, a week from Saturday against Tabb.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun