Top Rusher in State Leads Team to Victory
Extends Touchdown Total in Process
Mason Dixon and the Big Foot Chiefs continued to run all over the competition and advanced to 7-0 on the season after thrashing the Whitewater Whippets, 51-0, on Friday night.
In the lopsided victory, Dixon extended his rushing touchdown total to 24 on the season, three ahead of the second place rusher, as he rushed for 200 yards on 15 carries and reached the end zone three times Friday night.
So far this season, Dixon has amassed 1,201 yards (16th in the state), 24 touchdowns (1st in the state) and is averaging an even 14 yards per carry this year (2nd in the state).
“I’m going to give all the credit to my offensive line this game, and every game for that matter. They are always there for me,” said Dixon. “Again I can’t give enough credit to my offensive line because they make everything happen. I just need to read the blocks they make and with the quarterback making all the right reads everything just comes together.”
It comes as no surprise that Big Foot is tied for first as a team in the state with 41 rushing touchdowns this season as well as being tied for first in scoring this year with 350 total points, thanks in large part to Dixon’s performance this year.
“We study film all week long and I study film to see when I need to check to a run play with what the defense is showing me,” said Big Foot quarterback Carter Hehr. “I study for not only passes, but also for runs so we can get Mason that rushing record.”
Big Foot has yet to be truly tested this season. The Chiefs have won every contest by an average of 41.7 points per game, that’s beating down opponents by an average of nearly six touchdowns, and also have three shutouts on the season that include a 63-0 victory and this latest game against Whitewater, in a 51-0 affair.
Dixon is quick to give his teammates, especially his offensive line, all of the credit but this young man has been doing absolutely everything correctly his entire rushing career.
“Our offensive line is always working hard in practice and I never see them taking a break during drills which is just awesome,” said Dixon. “That just means I can depend and rely more on them during the course of a game.”
Dating back to last season, Dixon has only had one game without at least two rushing touchdowns in his 13 appearances. That game, which was nearly one year ago to the date on Oct. 7, 2011, Dixon finished with 195 yards on 15 attempts with one rushing touchdown. He has had three two touchdown games, five three touchdown games, three four touchdown games and one five touchdown game.
Dixon has missed out on crossing the centenary mark on the ground only three times, and has eclipsed the 200 yard mark twice, along with two other contests in which he ran for 195 yards or more.
He has rushed for 3,480 yards on 343 attempts for an average of 10.1 yards per carry and 53 touchdowns in his career dating back to 2009, and this season is not even close to being over yet, or at least the Chiefs will tell you it isn’t.
“I definitely believe we can go far in the playoffs,” said Dixon. “If we all work together, and everything goes smoothly we definitely can advance to Madison for sure with the players we have.”
Hehr also agrees with Dixon on the possibility of the Chiefs playing for a potential state championship in Madison come November. The quarterback has 543 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the air, as well as adding 10 rushing touchdowns to Big Foot’s 41 total this season on 421 yards.
“If we play like we know we can play, and everything comes together, then we absolutely can,” said Hehr. “We have leaders on this team that can do a lot so there is no doubt in my mind.”
With the victory this week against Whitewater, Big Foot has already secured a Rock Valley Conference Championship and has only one Rock Valley game remaining before the playoffs as the Chiefs will take on Palmyra-Eagle this coming Friday.
If the Chiefs continue to roll and dominate the opposition in the playoffs like the team has in the regular season, look for Big Foot to hoist the school’s second state championship since 2009.
By: Tyler Zavadsky
Prep Reporter ESPN 1380
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