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By Carmen Ensinger
Any opposing team that Carrollton has come up against this year will tell you that running back Harley Angel is a force to be reckoned with, but last Friday night, he cemented the right to that title by breaking the school record for most yards rushing in a single game in Carrollton’s 57-6 pummeling of North Greene at North Greene.
Angel, a senior, scored 204 yards Friday night against the North Greene Spartans, breaking a 20-year record set by Chad Flowers in 2001 when he scored 195 yards in a single game. But here is the kicker (no pun intended), Angel did it in only half a game! He did not even play in the second half of the game.
Carrollton Coach Nick Flowers said Angel has been at the running back position for Carrollton all four years.
“He is one of those players who has just gotten better and better with time,” Flowers said. “And he is just really having a break-out year this year. He is really being a leader on the field as well as off the field and he is really making some good choices.”
At 5’10” and 185, he has the speed necessary to outrun the opponent, but even when he can’t, he simply drags them along with him at times.
“He has been really explosive running the ball and he has been really hard to get down, which was how he was Friday night,” Flowers said. “It was taking three or four guys to get him tackled. He has just been a different running back for us this year. We knew he had the potential – we saw it at the end of last year against Menden-Unity. He had a really good game at the end of the year and he has continued with it this year. We are just super proud of him. He may be able to break his own record this year by playing a full game. This was just a half – I think he’s really excited about breaking that.”
For Angel, breaking the school record was something he has dreamed about since the first day he set foot on the high school football field.
“It was a goal I set for myself going into my freshman year of high school,” he said. “It felt really good to finally accomplish it, though I never dreamed I would break it in only one half of a game. But hard work and dedication pays off.”
That is just one of Angel’s goals – he has others he would like to accomplish before he moves on, hopefully, to collegiate ball.
“My other goal is I would like to break the season rushing record,” he said. “I would also like to bring the South Conference trophy back to Carrollton and make a run in the playoffs.”
Really not too much given Carrollton’s past history in the WIVC Conference and their rich history in the playoffs.
But for now, Angel wants to give credit where credit is due – to his coaches and his teammates.
“I just want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity to break the rushing record,” he said. “And, of course, I couldn’t do it without my offensive line and the rest of my team. I am just going to keep striving to get better and help my team any way I can.”