ELWOOD — If Hollywood was writing the script, Friday night would be epic at Elwood High School.
Senior running back Sammy Mireles needs 511 yards to eclipse Otis Shannon's 13-year-old state career rushing record. And the contest against Central Indiana Conference rival Frankton is the final scheduled home game of Mireles' career.
The Panthers close the regular season at Alexandria on Oct. 18, and they won't find out their sectional opponent — or where the game will be played — until Oct. 13. So Mireles' best chance to set the record at home likely will come Friday against the 1-6 Eagles.
The star running back has recorded at least 370 yards in the first half twice this season, but he'd need to surpass his career high of 429 yards to catch Shannon — who ran for 7,560 yards from 1997 through 2000 — this week.
Even for a player as talented as Mireles, it would likely take something akin to movie magic to accomplish that feat. And it's not as though Frankton will be a willing accomplice.
The Eagles made Mireles fight for 156 yards on 37 carries last season and will be highly motivated not to allow him to reach the record Friday.
"I don't care what their record is," Elwood coach Marty Wells said. "They're still our arch-rival, and they're still going to come ready to play."
The Panthers (4-3, 4-1 CIC) will have more than the rushing record on their mind. They've needed comebacks the past two weeks to win at Mississinewa and Oak Hill, respectively.
Elwood trailed the Indians 28-26 late in the fourth quarter two weeks ago before an interception return for a touchdown and a Mireles scoring run led to a 38-28 victory.
Against Oak Hill last Friday, the roles were reversed. The Golden Eagles rallied from a 21-7 deficit to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, then scored on the first possession of overtime for a 28-21 lead.