Clovis News: Sports

Dos Palos High RB leaves a bit of himself on field

Kevin Schofield wants to follow the footsteps of his father, Stuart, attend Brigham Young and become a doctor of some kind.

Meanwhile, he doesn't mind delivering and receiving punishment and bleeding a little.

"It's just a good feeling leaving everything out there and then relaxing at home after the game," says the Dos Palos senior, who rushed 44 times for 348 yards and six touchdowns Friday in the Broncos' epic 42-41 nonleague win at Washington.

The yardage total broke the school standard of the man some feel is the greatest back in Central Section history, Kenny James.

The touchdown total tied a school record shared by James and two others.

And the rushing attempts total is actually four fewer than Schofield's figure a month ago against Los Banos. And that's believed to be a school record.

Schofield, at 6 feet and 190 pounds with little body fat, also leads the team in tackles and is a special-teams factor as well.

"He usually only comes off the field because he's bleeding somewhere," coach Mike Sparks says. "When we have guys meet for icing Saturday mornings, he has ice on both legs, arms, shoulders, back -- everything.

"He likes hitting and pounding, the physicality of the game. Some guys shy away from it; he thrives on it."

In 35 years as a head (23) and assistant (12) coach at Dos Palos, Sparks has been associated with a legacy of ball carriers such as Earl Austin, James, Dean Collins and the Davis brothers -- Leonard, Marque and Rodney.

But he says Schofield, a straight-A student, distinguishes himself in one area: "He's never last in anything, running to the fence and back, no matter what we're doing. He goes full speed all of the time, and not just when we're playing games. He's first all of the time."

He wouldn't be, however, if he raced that stable of Broncos running greats in their primes. Hence, the extraordinary amount of rushing attempts.

Simply, James and company got to the end zone quicker.

"Kevin doesn't have breakaway sprinter speed," Sparks says. "He doesn't get long runs, but those 20-yarders add up. And he bruises people."

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