BISMARCK (WCIA) — Records are broken all the time, especially right now as the season winds down. Seniors that have played multiple years are cementing their names in school history but at Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin, their all-time rushing leader has more than 10 games left in his career.
“After the announcer said he had something special I kind of had an idea and after the game I received the award and I was ecstatic,” BHRA junior Caleb Lahey said after breaking the record this season.
“With the kids we’ve had here in the past, that’s pretty impressive,” BHRA head coach Mark Dodd said. “Caleb’s a warrior and he’s really made good, positive steps this season.”
Lahey became the Blue Devils’ career rushing leader in their Week 5 win over Westville. His 3,281 yards eclipsed Reed Collins, who played for BHRA from 2008-2011.
“I never really thought about it,” Lahey said. “I knew that eventually I could have a possibility of beating the record but that wasn’t really, that wasn’t really my goal.”
The junior now has 3,594 yards for his career. If he keeps up his pace for just the 11 regular season games he’s guaranteed, he’d easily reach the 5,000 career yard mark, putting him in the top 20 in Illinois history.
“My coaches and them coaching the linemen and my linemen they help me immensly through my whole career,” said Lahey.
“I think his ceiling probably will show up maybe even next year, a year removed from the injury and the therapy and the recovery and another year of maturity for him,” Dodd added.
Had not it been for a torn ACL late last season, who knows where Lahey’s number would stand right now. Only time will tell where he ultimately ends up this time next year.