By DOUG DONNELLY
Whiteford has had some outstanding running backs over the years:
- Tony DuPree was the first Monroe County Region running back to rush for 1,400 yards in a season in 1982 and held the county record for rushing yards in a season for several years.
- Nick Wohlfarth had back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons in 2002 and 2003, including reaching 1,000 yards in just four games in 2003.
- George Flanner was the Monroe County Region Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 when he set a Bobcat record with 1,712 yards rushing.
- Jesse Kiefer ran for 1,000 yards twice in a three-year period and holds the Whiteford record for career rushing yards.
Logan Murphy has joined that group of Whiteford running backs this season, becoming just the 12th different Bobcat back to reach 1,000 yards in a season.
Heading into Friday’s final regular season game against Britton Deerfield, Murphy has 95 carries for 1,055 yards, an 11.1 per rush average. He leads the Tri-County Conference. The next closest back in 2016 All-State RB Alec Muck of Sand Creek, who has 892 yards so far this season.
Here’s a list of Whiteford running backs to reach 1,000 yards in a single season:
|Rushing yards season|
|1,712||George Flanner (2006)|
|1,487||Curt Ovall (2000)|
|1,442||Tony DuPree (1982)|
|1,270||Jesse Kiefer (2016)|
|1,103||Chris DuPree (1988)|
|1,098||Jesse Kiefer (2014)|
|1,094||Troy Goetz (1987)|
|1,055||Logan Murphy (2017) (8 games)|
|1,051||Scott Stone (1979)|
|1,012||Conner Hoogendoorn (2016)|
|1,006||Nick Wohlfarth (2002)|
|1,006||Jim Butz (1992)|
|1,005||Rich Koppelman (1967)|
|1,000||Nick Wohlfarth (2003)|