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October 15, 2012

Wagoner running back on record run

— With every game he plays, Lawrence Evitt rewrites the Wagoner High School football record books and the 5-foot-7, 165-pound junior running back also has been wearing out football fields at the same time.

His latest achievement came this past Friday when he scooted for a game-high 408 yards rushing on 31 carries and scored six touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 44-27 win against Oologah.

For his efforts, he becomes the Phoenix Player of the Week for the second time this season. That’s never been done in Wagoner’s storied history. He was exhausted after this weekend.

“I was running hard and you just get tired after a long night,” he said.

It also was a special night for Evitt.

“We have a little deal here,” he said with a laugh. “If I get more than 300 yards rushing in a game, I get to throw a halfback pass. I was especially proud of my linemen, they were phenomenal. It turned out to be a good night.”

It was the first time this season for Evitt to have at least 300 rushing yards. His previous single-game high was 244 against Catoosa on Sept. 21.

Evitt now has 1,643 yards rushing for the season, breaking the previous school single-season record of 1,621 yards set by Kevin Peterson a year ago in the Bulldogs’ drive to the Class 4A state championship.

Coach Dale Condict shakes his head in amazement over what he’s seen from Evitt this season.

“I knew he was capable of doing a lot, but he’s surpassing my expectations,” he said. “We had high hopes for him. Coming through our program, we knew he was gifted.”

Evitt was timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to this season. That’s also a school record, breaking the previous mark of 4.38 by Peterson.

Evitt’s goal now is to reach 2,000 yards before the regular season ends. Averaging 13.5 per carry through seven games, it’s well within reach with three games left.

“If I keep working hard at it, I think I can get it,” he said.

Given a few playoff games the defending state champions will play, it’ll be a lock before he hangs it up.

Undefeated Cleveland will pose a test Thursday as Wagoner hosts what should decide the District 4A-3 title. Cleveland beat Miami 41-0 this past Friday night.

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