Ira running back Lance Morris made history Friday night in the Bulldogs 56-6 victory over Paducha. By rushing for 252 yards, Morris passed Peter Saliaz on the all-time six-man football career rushing yardage list with 10,476.
Morris' historic performance passed Saliaz's 17-year mark of 10,468 career yards at Mullin High School from 1992-1995.
"It made me really emotional," Morris said. "It's still really hard to talk about. This isn't a record that's broken everyday. It means a lot to me."
Morris has received tremendous support from those around the Ira community, his teammates, coaches and the tight knit six-man football community, on his record-breaking career.
"To have the support from not only the community, but six-man football means the world to me," Morris said. "Everybody was telling me I was getting close to the record and to hear the crowd shouting my name after I did it was an amazing feeling."
"Lance is such a tremendous athlete," Bulldog head coach Toby Goodwyn said. "He's one of the elite players I've ever coached. But he'd be the first to tell you he couldn't have done it without his teammates from the past couple years and this year. The first thing he did after he broke the record was thank the team."
With still four games left in the regular season and the playoffs to go, Morris will continue to add on to his already illustrious career rushing total. In fact, Morris is now within 756 yards of the prestigious 11-man all-time mark of 11,232 yards set 59 years ago by Kenneth Hall of Sugarland from 1950-1953.
"That was the first thing my teammates said to me on the bus ride home from Paducah," Morris said. "You're only 700 and some yards away from the 11-man record. Let's go get it!"
"God willing, I will."
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