The saying goes records were meant to be broken. Well on Friday night at City View one record that had stood for over eleven years fell victim to those very words. The mustangs single game rushing record held previously by Gus Barnes. Falling victim to an absolutely huge offensive night for D.J. Coursey. The City View junior rushing for 357 yards in a 70-41 win.
Gus Barnes was a powerhouse for City View in 2002. Barnes breaking the single game rushing record in a game against Seymour, notching 322 yards on the ground. Barnes says being in the stands on Friday night wathcing D.J. Coursey inch closer and closer to his record brought him back to that night, "it's still in my mind. In my memory. That's something that will never go away."
Gus watched from the stands as D.J. Coursey racked up yard after yard, touchdown after touchdown on Friday night, "i watched him play pretty much the entire game. I didn't think about it until the third quarter. I said oh my god this kid could break the record. I talked to my parents and said hey this kid is probably going to break my record. I was checking the stats toward the end of the game to see how close he was."
City View head coach Rudy Hawkins said he and his team were so caught up winning the game, they didn't realize until later how many yards Coursey had gained, "i knew he had a lot of yards. I didn't really realize how many he had until later. With the game going back and forth so much during the night we were just more worried about winning. But after we got about a two or three touchdown lead there we figured out that he had a lot of yards. We were wondering where he was at. More so than yards we knew he had 8 touchdowns."
And with that 8th touchdown, Coursey now also holds the single game touchdown record for the Mustangs...In 2002 now City View head coach Rudy Hawkins was an assistant with the Quanah Indians. Hawkins saying he sees plenty of similarities in the two backs, "they're both really quick and could make people miss. Gus was a terror for us to get ready for. I worked on the defensive side of the ball at Quanah and you had to get a lot of people to the football because the first guy probably wasn't going to make the tackle. He was going to make the first guy miss, maybe miss the second guy miss and he could turn it up. When he got going north to south nobody was going to catch him. D.J. Is really similar to that and when he gets north to south he can take it to."
D.J. Says it's a huge honor to break Barnes record after it stood for over 11 years. But just like Barnes, during the game he had something else on his mind, "i was just focused on winning the game at the time."
You could liken Coursey's performance to a passing of the torch of sorts. But with Gus Barnes still an avid supporter of City View. You can bet he'll continue to cheer on this new generation of mustang running backs.