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A week ago on Monday night, a running back at Wayne High School in Corydon, Iowa, accomplished something never before seen in modern American high school football–he scored 11 touchdowns in a single game. While it should be noted that Wayne HS competes in eight-man football, which is commonly reserved for smaller high schools in 23 of the nation’s 50 states, this kid’s unbelievable performance should certainly not be overlooked as anything but extraordinary.
Clayton Kiefer, a 160-pound senior, surpassed the previously standing single game record of 10 touchdowns (jointly held by eight players) on his way to leading his Falcons to a shootout victory against Twin Cedars High School, 86-60. It’s safe to say fans got their money’s worth at this one.
On a night where he amassed 300 yards on 32 carries, Kiefer rushed for 10 of his touchdowns (10, 3, 32, 59, 3, 4, 5, 12, 9, and 22 yards) and put an exclamation point on the record-setting performance with a 71-yard kick return to the house.
His coach, Bart Elliot, was full of nothing but praise.
From the Des Moines Register:
“He’s a really good running back, but last night was something special because we needed him to perform the way he did,” Elliott said. “We couldn’t stop them and we needed to keep our offense going. It was unbelievable how many tackles he broke — long runs, short runs, inside, outside.”
Here are all of Kiefer’s touchdowns, for your viewing pleasure:
That’s a heck of a performance, no matter how many people are on the field.
Elliott and Kiefer both lost track of the running back’s touchdown count during a game that was pushed back to Monday after lightning delays Friday. They were too busy trying to devise a plan to stop Twin Cedars.
“I thought I probably had four or five touchdowns,” said Kiefer, an all-state selection last year whose previous career high was five touchdowns in a game. “I knew we had a good game, but I didn’t know it was that good. I was probably more focused on everything else and defense.”
Losing track of how many touchdowns you’ve scored. TFM.
“If I don’t have my team and my buddies blocking for me, I can’t get there,” Kiefer said. “I’ve got to know it’s not all me, it’s my team too.”
Staying humble and not forgetting why you scored so many touchdowns. RFM..