Kirkwood Pioneer senior running back Ramon Alton rushed for 128 yards in Friday night’s 59-7 victory over the Seckman Jaguars. Just before halftime, Alton eclipsed the school career rushing record of 2,299 yards held by Michael Tillman. Tillman’s record stood since 1999.
Alton has 2,318 career rushing yards with four games remaining, plus any playoff games to add to his record. The next milestone on his horizon is the 3,000 yard rushing mark. He is also within striking distance of the career scoring record held by Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin (49 points away). More than any personal accomplishment, Alton wants to bring home Kirkwood’s first ever MSHSAA State Championship.
Alton averaged an astonishing 11.4 yards per carry last season on his way to 1st Team All-State and All-Conference honors. Never one to shy away from hostile environments, Alton has recorded his top four games running the ball all away from the friendly confines of Lyons Stadium. He has even recorded two games with more than 200 yards rushing (University City and Summit).
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Ramon Alton’s accomplishments is his selflessness. Alton rarely plays a full game due to blowout scores. The Pioneers spread the ball around to a myriad of different weapons. 14 different players have scored for the Pioneers through only six games. The majority of teams that Kirkwood has played this season haven’t scored 14 touchdowns total.
The Pioneers have a bye week this Friday and will face the undefeated Parkway Central Colts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12 at Parkway Central High School.
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