There’s a stat that Halstead coach Jason Grider might want to think about recording for junior running back Blake Beckett: yards after contact.
While Beckett has 1,145 rushing yards on 100 carries, many of those yards have come after he’s broken free from a tackler.
“He’s a big, strong, physical kid,” said Grider, whose team is 5-1. “… He’s a physical runner, and he has real good speed on top of it. He breaks a lot of tackles.
“He runs violent, but he can also outrun you.”
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Halstead plays host to Kingman (5-1) on Friday in the opener of Class 3A-District 11.
The offensive line has been a key to Beckett’s success because of their ability to sustain blocks.
And once Beckett has a hole, he’s bursting through it.
“He’s got great vision, and he’s a very confident young man,” Grider said. “He sees the field well, and he’s very, very explosvie, and he’s very powerful.”