MARION — It’s Brendan Miller whose name will go into the record book.
“The offensive line, it’s all on them,” Miller said. “And the receivers did a great job blocking downfield.”
Miller rushed for a school-record 275 yards and scored four touchdowns as Class 4A third-ranked Xavier galloped past Linn-Mar, 44-14, in an MVC Valley Division football game Friday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.
“He ran hard, and the line did a good job blocking,” Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said.
Miller eclipsed the old single-game mark of 241 yards, set by Will Martin in 2006.
The 2006 squad won a state championship. This team begins pursuit of that same prize Wednesday; the Saints (8-1 overall, 5-1 division) will host a 4A first-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Clinton (4-5).
“Once we get out of here, we’ll learn who we play,” Schulte said. “We’ll have a film exchange at 8 o’clock (Saturday morning) and we’ll start figuring each other out.”
Xavier was the 4A state runner-up last year.
Linn-Mar (2-7, 2-4) missed the playoffs for the second straight year. The Lions held up relatively well in the first quarter, outgaining the Saints and trailing only 3-0.
But then Miller started getting to the edge in the second period, and the result was big chunks of yards.
“He saw the small holes we opened up, and he went hard for a lot of yards,” said Xavier lineman Louis Hasley.
On the second play of the quarter, Miller scooted 48 yards around end for a touchdown. There was more to come.
Perrion Scott’s 73-yard scoring scamper got the Lions within 10-7 two plays after Miller’s first TD. But the rest of the half was all Xavier, all Miller.
He capped the following drive with a 43-yard run, then did the majority of the damage on the final possession before halftime. He got the call eight times in the 10-play march, capping it with an 8-yard run.
Xavier led 24-7 at intermission, with Miller hauling it 17 times for 181 yards and going over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. His final total of 275 yards came on 27 carries.
Wes Gardner’s 14-yard scoring reception from Quinton Scholer capped the Saints’ first possession of the second half. Then came Miller’s fourth TD, a 6-yarder, and Christopher Bell tacked on a 5-yard score.
Linn-Mar was without leading rusher Ross Lembeck, who did not dress due to an unspecified injury. Quarterback Ryan Schmidt was injured in the second quarter and did not return.
Scott, a junior track star, ran for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
CR Xavier 44, Linn-Mar 14
AT LINN-MAR STADIUM
|TEAM STATISTICS||CR Xavier||Linn-Mar|
|Rushes-yards||43 - 352||43 - 244|
|Comp-Att-Int||7 - 9 - 0||3 - 9 - 1|
|Fumbles-lost||2 - 0||3 - 0|
|Punts-average||1 - 41.0||4 - 24.8|
|Penalties-yards||3 - 40||3 - 21|
Rushing: CR Xavier – Brendan Miller 27-275 , Christopher Ball 7-45 , Miles Sullivan 1-26 , Jay Kortemeyer 2-5 , Bryce Schulte 4-5 Linn-Mar – Perrion Scott 22-203 , Ryan Schmidt 7-16 , Michael Ho 9-14 , Andrew Gassmann 3-8 , Matt Ramsey 1-5
Passing: CR Xavier – Quinton Scholer 6-8-0-64 , Schulte 1-1-0-12 Linn-Mar – Ho 1-5-0-31
Receiving: CR Xavier – Bryce Grimm 3-19 , Wes Gardner 2-33 , Kortemeyer 2-24 Linn-Mar – Trevor Noble 1-31
SCORE BY QUARTERS
CRX - FG 35 Ryan Persick
CRX - Brendan Miller 48 run (Persick kick)
LM - Perrion Scott 73 run (Austin Wolter kick)
CRX - Miller 43 run (Persick kick)
CRX - Miller 8 run (Persick kick)
CRX - Wes Gardner 14 pass from Quinton Scholer (Persick kick)
CRX - Miller 6 run (Persick kick)
CRX - Christopher Bell 5 run (run failed)
LM - Scott 54 run (Wolter kick)