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Davis chasing school history, relatives

September 14, 2011

Three numbers — 2,029, 3,697 and one — are being eyed by Bunker Hill running back Reggie Davis.

The senior, who surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for his career last Friday against Fred T. Foard, is chasing the school’s single-season rushing mark of 2,029 yards and the career rushing record of 3,697 yards.

Davis said his accomplishment Friday made him even hungrier.

“When I broke 3,000 yards, I didn’t feel accomplished or complete yet,” Davis said. “I feel like I’ve got to get more. I’ve got to help my teammates out. All the spotlight on me isn’t right. I think my team should get the spotlight. If I didn’t have my offensive line, I wouldn’t
have got to 3,000 yards last Friday.”

Last season, Davis rushed for 1,779 yards and 18 touchdowns.

In four games for Bunker Hill (4-0) this season, Davis has rushed for 634 yards and 11 scores, including a career-high 243 yards and three scores Sept. 2 against North Lincoln.

“He’s having a good year,” said Bears coach Travis Conner. “He’s grown up quite a bit maturity-wise. We expect a lot out of him as a senior and returner that had such a good season last year.”

In trying to run down the records, Davis is also attempting to surpass the accomplishments of two of his relatives — Brian Kennedy and Darnell Lyerly.

Kennedy holds the single-season record, while Lyerly is the career leader.

Davis is literally attempting to run down both men’s marks.

“I come from a long line of running backs,” Davis said. “The record I’m really trying to break is the single-season rushing record of 2,029 yards. I’m trying to beat my uncle (Kennedy).”

Lyerly, who coached Davis at River Bend Middle School during his seventh grade year, had dinner with Davis on Sunday night.

The two talked about the idea of Davis being the new career rushing leader after this season.

“He (Lyerly) told me he’d rather I break the record than anyone else at the school,” Davis said. “I feel like that’s a big weight placed on me. If I stop being humble and start being cocky, I will lose focus of what I’m trying to do this year. I’ve got to keep his words in the back of my mind.”

Despite looking at the two individual numbers, Davis is hoping his running game and team’s success lead to one team goal — a Catawba Valley Athletic Conference football championship for Bunker Hill at the end of this season.

He said it will take focus in order for that to happen.

“We’ve got to go day-by-day and week-by-week,” Davis said. “I think we’ve got a lot of competition coming up. We’ve just got hold together through the tough times. If we do that and hold our heads together, I think we can and will win conference.”

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