Buhler senior Jorden Oden already has 832 rushing yards on 60 carries, a 13.9-yard average.
And it's come in three games. Well, more like two.
He didn't play in the second half against Augusta, left midway through the third quarter in a win over Abilene and went out midway through the fourth in the opener against Andover.
"He's stronger and he's faster than last year," said Buhler coach Steve Warner, whose team is 3-0 and ranked second in Class 4A."... If there's not a hole, he makes them, but he's getting big holes. And he's able to out-run safeties when he gets outside. He'll run over you, out-run you or juke you."
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Oden had 332 rushing yards against Andover, 208 against Abilene and 292 against Augusta.
It has only helped Oden that his teammates are better, too. The offensive line returned four starters and Warner said they're bigger, faster and stronger.
"And the kids that moved into the spots taken by last year's seniors are bigger and faster," Warner said."... Another thing, our quarterback (Jake Reffner) is good, and he can run and throw. Our fullback Roman Davidson, he's a very good fullback.
"So you add to Jorden the line being stronger, a fullback who blocks well and a quarterback that can run."
Oden is 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, and he hasn't gotten much interest from college coaches. But Warner is sold on him.
"He's worth taking a chance on," Warner said. "I've seen small running backs make it. He's elusive, he catches the ball well and he blocks well. He squats 460, he's a hard worker.... He's quick and he can elude people."
Heights holds on to the ball — Heights stunned Northwest with a 55-21 win last week. And while Falcons coach Rick Wheeler thought his team played a good game, not turning the ball over was the most important thing.
"It's probably the most important statistical difference between the Northwest game and the previous two games," Wheeler said. "We were just so much more sound on our assignments and our execution."
Heights committed six turnovers in the season opener against Bishop Carroll. In Week 2, Heights gave the ball away five times to Kapaun Mount Carmel.
"They moved the ball pretty well against Kapaun, but gave it away," Northwest coach Weston Schartz said. "We didn't force any turnovers and that killed us."
All for a good cause — Wichita Trinity and Wichita Independent are natural rivalries. Both private schools on the east side, they also are in the Central Plains League.
But two students, Trinity's Logan Posson and Independent's Corban Aspegren, are taking advantage of that rivalry heading into tonight's game between the teams at Cessna Stadium.
They are selling T-shirts that say "Two Rivals, One Cause" for $12 to raise money for Rapha House. The back says "Rivalries Aside, Rapha Rally 2009."
The money raised — $1,250 so far — will be given to the Rapha House, which provides a safe haven for young girls from slavery, sexual exploitation and prostitution.
Posson said they are selling wristbands with Rapha House printed on them for $2.
Posson and Aspegren came up with the concept after attending a church camp in Missouri.
"They showed a video about an organization, Rapha House, that helps girls recover from being sexually exploited in areas like Asia and Africa," Posson said. "It's a house that brings girls in and this helps them get an education and get back to normal.
"That hit us hard, seeing all these girls being hurt. So we just thought of an idea that our two schools could raise money to send to Rapha House."
More donations _ Local Wendy's restaurants will present the Wichita public schools' athletic programs with $4,500 when Heights plays host to Great Bend at 7 tonight. The presentation is part of Wendy's Heisman program, which honors senior athletes who succeed in academics, athletics and community leadership.