Saturday, October 27, 2012
Wright becomes Holy Name's all-time leading rusher
By Brendan Hall
Quron Wright came into tonight's contest against Algonquin needing just 15 yards to become Holy Name's all-time leading rusher. So naturally, the generously-listed 5-foot-7 waterbug went way overboard.
When all was said and done, the Naps trounced the Tomahawks 60-35 behind a monster night from Wright, who ran for career high's of 407 yards and five touchdowns on just 24 carries, and for good measure tacked on a 77-yard punt return for a sixth score.
When you do the math, that averages out to 19.4 yards per touch.
"It was a show tonight, he was just unstoppable," Naps head coach Mike Pucko said. "Every time he touches the ball you just knew somehting big was going to happen no matter what. It was just one of those nights. It was just magic."
Pucko continued, "Quron is certainly, he is a running back. For all the digs he gets about his size, what he can and can't do, he comes to play all the time. He works hard, he's very unassuming, he gets mad when we have to pull him out of games. It is what it is, he's a hard worker."
With the effort, Wright now sits at 5,393 career rushing yards, besting the previous record of 5,037 set by Emil Igwenagu, a 2007 graduate who starred at UMass and currently sits on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad.
"Emil was in town last week and he called [Quron] a couple times, pumping for him to break the record," Pucko said. "It's just a great thing for Holy Name to have two kids back-to-back come through the system and play like that."
And once again, Pucko made the case for Wright as a player worthy of a Division 1 scholarship offer, despite a diminutive frame that has made many colleges hesitant.
"I just scratch my head," Pucko said. "He's just a pure running back. I don't care what his height is, he's a great player. I'm gonna keep barking and barking until someone takes me up on the kid and offers him, right now it's kind of embarrassing to not have any offers from D1 schools."