The last thing Northwest football coach Steve Martin wants to do is limit senior running back Keshaun McGaugh’s ability to create.
McGaugh can juke or run over defenders. But he knows that he needs to get to the hole created by his offensive line before he makes his first cut.
“We don’t want to overcoach our running backs,” Martin said. “But we need three yards every play. Run angry, and when they get to the open field, they can do what they have to do, and secure the football.”
McGaugh leads the City League with 642 rushing yards, including 299 against Kapaun Mount Carmel on Sept. 11. At 6-foot, 175 pounds, he’s got speed and he’s elusive, but he’s strong enough that he can run out of a tackle.
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And in 73 carries, Martin said he has one carry for negative yards.
“He always falls forward,” Martin said.
As teams have keyed in on McGaugh, it has opened up the passing game with Kevin Folsom, who has 518 passing yards and 322 rushing. He had eight carries for 98 yards in a win over Southeast last Friday, while McGaugh had 10 carries for 90.
Northwest (3-1) plays host to West (2-2) on Friday.