ELWOOD, Ind. — Following his 91-yard sprint to the end zone late in the second quarter of Friday night's win against Frankton, Elwood senior Sammy Mireles did something he'd never done before in his high school career.
He took himself out of the game.
In nervous anticipation of the senior night contest, Mireles didn't eat throughout the day. With temperatures well above seasonal norms, the heat got to the running back after he scored on three consecutive plays from scrimmage.
He felt a little dizzy on the sideline and was treated for dehydration in the locker room at halftime.
But Mireles still finished the game — won by the Panthers 66-6 — with 301 rushing yards and five touchdowns on just 12 carries. With Friday's road game against Central Indiana Conference rival Alexandria and at least one postseason game remaining on the schedule, Mireles needs 210 rushing yards to match former Cathedral star Otis Shannon's 13-year-old state record of 7,560 career yards.
"(Friday) night was the first time he's shown he's getting close (to the record)," Elwood coach Marty Wells said. "He made a couple reads, made a couple cutbacks he didn't need to."
With an Indianapolis television news crew on hand to chronicle his every move, Mireles had "just" 47 rushing yards in the first quarter against the Eagles. It was a departure from his usual quick start and a result — Wells believes — of the running back and his offensive line needing a little time to adjust to an inspired Frankton defensive effort.
Mireles found his footing in the second quarter — breaking off scoring runs of 59, 65 and 91 yards on consecutive carries — and the Panthers opened up a 41-6 lead. His night could have been even bigger if not for 85 additional yards called back because of penalties.