On Oct. 12, Union Academy running back Rasheed Rushing set a Union County single-game record with 392 yards rushing in a 62-9 win over West Stanly. The performance also ranks 29th in state history, according to the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s record book.
Rushing added six touchdowns in the blowout win. He broke the previous Union County record of 317 yards set by former Forest Hills standout Jamie Taylor in 2000.
The performance came at the perfect time, said Rushing, who has been slowed by a nagging ankle injury suffered early in the season.
“It was a blessing,” Rushing said. “Everybody told me to be patient when I came back after the injury. I was frustrated, and it was tough because I wasn’t having any good games. I felt like I came back too fast from my injury. I just learned I have to be patient and wait it out because my time will come.”
The performance upped Rushing’s season totals to 1,196 yards with 15 touchdowns.