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Potential football recruit=Zach Barket rb

Scholastic rushing star here tonight
By Rick O'Brien

Inquirer Staff Writer

One of the state's most prolific all-time rushers will appear tonight at South Philly's Super Site, at 10th and Bigler Streets.
Schuylkill Haven's Zach Barket, who is bidding to become Pennsylvania's all-time leader for rushing yards in a season, will lead the Hurricanes (12-0) against Communications Tech (9-0), the District 12 champion, in the first round of the PIAA Class A state playoffs.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Barket, who wears No. 46, has rushed 299 times for 3,543 yards (an average of 11.8 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns.

Barket is 303 yards shy of the state's single-season rushing record. The mark of 3,846 yards was set by Parkland's Austin Scott, who went on to play at Penn State, in 2002.

Last week, in a 43-7 victory over Williams Valley in the District 11 final, Barket set the state record for most touchdowns in a season. With five, he upped his season total to 57 (56 rushing, one on a punt return). That eclipsed the 54 Scott registered in 2002.

"At the beginning of the year, I never thought I'd be where I am right now," said Barket, a four-year contributor for the Hurricanes.

For Schuylkill Haven, champion of the Anthracite League, Barket is a fullback in a power wing-T offense. In some sets, the 18-year-old is used as a tailback.

The senior, clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has averaged 295.3 yards per game with a rugged and bruising rushing style.

"He normally runs through the first contact," Mike Farr, Schuylkill Haven's head coach, said. "A lot of his yards come after he's first hit."

Barket has shattered many of the Coal Region records set by former Schuylkill Haven star Jason Killian, who posted 48 touchdowns while sparking the Hurricanes to their first and only Class A state title in 1991.

On Sept. 19, in a 54-19 win over North Schuylkill, an Anthracite League rival, Barket exploded for a career high of 413 yards and seven touchdowns on 25 carries.

"I actually started out slow that game," he said. "Then I really got things going. It was like touchdown after touchdown after touchdown."

Said Farr: "What makes him really successful is his vision and balance. He also hits the hole quick. He never gives you a clean shot at him."

Barket, the Coal Region's all-time leading rusher, has 7,672 career yards. He is fourth on the state's all-time list.

The state career leader, East Stroudsburg's James Mungro, ran for 8,432 yards in a career that ended in 1995. Second on the list is Steelton-Highspire tailback Jeremiah Young, who had 8,368 yards entering today's District 3 Class A final against Camp Hill. Honesdale's Terrin Ash is third with 7,748.

Because of his size and non-blazing speed, Barket has not been getting much attention from Division I-A teams. However, Brigham Young made an inquiry earlier this week.

"There are a lot of questions about me," Barket said. "But, the way I look at it, I'm doing the best I can to put myself in the best situation possible."

Most of the recruitment has come from Ivy League schools such as Princeton, Penn and Dartmouth. Lehigh and Lafayette, both of the Patriot League, are also possibilities.



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Franks Tanks

Re: Potential football recruit=Zach Barket rb

LC Local Fan wrote:
Scholastic rushing star here tonight
By Rick O'Brien

Inquirer Staff Writer

One of the state's most prolific all-time rushers will appear tonight at South Philly's Super Site, at 10th and Bigler Streets.
Schuylkill Haven's Zach Barket, who is bidding to become Pennsylvania's all-time leader for rushing yards in a season, will lead the Hurricanes (12-0) against Communications Tech (9-0), the District 12 champion, in the first round of the PIAA Class A state playoffs.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Barket, who wears No. 46, has rushed 299 times for 3,543 yards (an average of 11.8 yards per carry) and 56 touchdowns.

Barket is 303 yards shy of the state's single-season rushing record. The mark of 3,846 yards was set by Parkland's Austin Scott, who went on to play at Penn State, in 2002.

Last week, in a 43-7 victory over Williams Valley in the District 11 final, Barket set the state record for most touchdowns in a season. With five, he upped his season total to 57 (56 rushing, one on a punt return). That eclipsed the 54 Scott registered in 2002.

"At the beginning of the year, I never thought I'd be where I am right now," said Barket, a four-year contributor for the Hurricanes.

For Schuylkill Haven, champion of the Anthracite League, Barket is a fullback in a power wing-T offense. In some sets, the 18-year-old is used as a tailback.

The senior, clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has averaged 295.3 yards per game with a rugged and bruising rushing style.

"He normally runs through the first contact," Mike Farr, Schuylkill Haven's head coach, said. "A lot of his yards come after he's first hit."

Barket has shattered many of the Coal Region records set by former Schuylkill Haven star Jason Killian, who posted 48 touchdowns while sparking the Hurricanes to their first and only Class A state title in 1991.

On Sept. 19, in a 54-19 win over North Schuylkill, an Anthracite League rival, Barket exploded for a career high of 413 yards and seven touchdowns on 25 carries.

"I actually started out slow that game," he said. "Then I really got things going. It was like touchdown after touchdown after touchdown."

Said Farr: "What makes him really successful is his vision and balance. He also hits the hole quick. He never gives you a clean shot at him."

Barket, the Coal Region's all-time leading rusher, has 7,672 career yards. He is fourth on the state's all-time list.

The state career leader, East Stroudsburg's James Mungro, ran for 8,432 yards in a career that ended in 1995. Second on the list is Steelton-Highspire tailback Jeremiah Young, who had 8,368 yards entering today's District 3 Class A final against Camp Hill. Honesdale's Terrin Ash is third with 7,748.

Because of his size and non-blazing speed, Barket has not been getting much attention from Division I-A teams. However, Brigham Young made an inquiry earlier this week.

"There are a lot of questions about me," Barket said. "But, the way I look at it, I'm doing the best I can to put myself in the best situation possible."

Most of the recruitment has come from Ivy League schools such as Princeton, Penn and Dartmouth. Lehigh and Lafayette, both of the Patriot League, are also possibilities.



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Haven will kill that team from Philly-- he may get 400 tonight.

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