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Running back keys Flower Mound passing game

11/4/2010

If Flower Mound goes a couple of rounds deep in the playoffs, quarterback Paul Millard will likely break the state’s record for passing yards in a season set by Garrett Gilbert in 2008.

And for breaking that record, Millard would owe many thanks to … his running back?

Correct. Running back Hunter Lee leads the area in receiving with 1,168 yards and in scoring with 32 touchdowns. He’s no slouch on the ground either, tallying 1,181 yards.

Lee’s emergence is a big reason why Flower Mound (7-2, 5-1) is making a surprise run at the District 8-5A title. A win at home over Allen (8-1, 5-1) on Friday would make the Jaguars one of the most unexpected district champs in the area.

“He’s a great player,” said Flower Mound head coach Cody Vanderford of Lee. “We’re able to use him in a bunch of different situations. He has great hands. We can use him in the back field and in some receiver sets.”

Lee may be the most versatile offensive weapons in the state in helping Flower Mound’s passing game produce mind-boggling numbers. He’s also a dangerous kick and punt returner.

In addition to his own stats, Millard’s numbers help illustrate Lee’s impact. With 3,763 passing yards in nine games, Millard is 3 yards shy of his 11-game 2009 totals. Lee didn’t crack 1,000 yards rushing or receiving in 2009.

Millard is also close to Gilbert’s single-season state record of 4,852 passing yards, which the current University of Texas quarterback set in 2008 in 16 games at Austin Lake Travis.

Flower Mound’s offense averages 589 yards and 52.6 yards per game.

“Offensively we’re probably as good as we’ve ever been,” said Vanderford, who’s been the head coach at Flower Mound since it opened in 1999.

Allen hasn't lost back-to-back games since 1998. Allen opened the door for Flower Mound to steal with 8-5A title by falling to Hebron last week, 35-28. A win would give Flower Mound the top 8-5A seed in either Division I or II, depending on whether Plano makes the playoffs.