Is West York’s Brandon Real the best local running back ever?

West York’s Brandon Real looks for running room against Littlestown this season.The senior holds several YAIAA rushing records. Background posts: York County Tech sports: ‘If they took something like that away it really would destroy the school’ and ‘When people are looking back into Pa. basketball history … it’s great’.

Has West York’s Brandon Real scored the best season ever for a YAIAA running back?
York Daily Record Sean McLernon has posed that question in a Line Up Card blog post.
Here’s a quick look at Real’s stats, according to McLernon and newspaper reports:

Touchdowns, 2008 season: 51.
Career touchdowns: 69 (area record beating Littlestown’s Jeremiah Collins’ 67).
Yards rushing, 2008 season: 2,513 (on 252 carries, bettering Jason Jarvis, New Oxford, 1996, who rushed for 2,200 yards).
Single game high: 407 yards (topping Dallastown’s Chris Moore, 336 in 1998, and Tracy Smith, 317 in 1983).
Sean McLernon asks his readers – and I do the same here: Does anyone want to argue for a better local prep football season than that put forth Brandon Real?
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About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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