Anthony Poe Looking to Run Into Wisconsin High School Record Books

By Taylor Johnson

If you are looking for something to do this Thursday night and are in or around the Milwaukee area, check out the HOPE Christian Hawks football team. The team may be 0-3, but senior running back Anthony Poe is running all over Wisconsin high school defenses.

The senior running back is only in his second year of playing football and through three games, has accumulated 838 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Last year Poe gained only 704 yards total all season. Two weeks ago against St. John’s Northwestern Poe scored four touchdowns and rushed for 416 yards, 49 yards shy of the all-time single game rushing record set by Donte Steward in 2005.

Behind Poe in rushing yards is Crivitz’s Ben Fischer (797 yds), Northland Pines and Wisconsin Badgers commit Austin Ramesh (684 yds) and Michigan State Spartans commit R.J. Shelton (674 yds).

The record for most rushing yards in a single season was set back in 2001 by Adrian Davis of Kenosha St. Joseph who rushed for 3,422 yards. Will Poe be able to break that? I don’t think so. I do think he will be able to eclipse the 2,000 yard plateau but I don’t think he will hit 3,000 yards let alone come close to the record. It will be interesting to watch though just how close he can get.

With Poe and company taking on Shorewood/Messmer on Thursday night, I expect Anthony to surpass the 1,000 yard mark and continue leading the state in rushing yards. Will Poe’s dominance continue the rest of the season? Only time will tell but it is fun to see this young kid, who remember is only in his second year of football, continue to run like he is.




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