Record Breaking: Barnes Breaks Two School Records in Homecoming Game


John Madeira, Staff Writer

Senior halfback Forrest Barnes cemented his place in Raider history on Friday night as he broke multiple school records.

Barnes broke the single game rushing yard mark previously held by Bill Davis, who ran for 301 yards vs. Butler in 2002.

Barnes also set a school record for touchdowns in a game with seven.

The standout halfback didn’t set these records alone; he had help from his offensive line which is anchored by senior left tackle Scott Hillebrand and senior center Clayton Hoover.

Senior left guard Dean Ketterer, senior right guard Zane Augustine, and sophomore right tackle Tyler Hudanick completed the offensive line for Fridays game vs. Connellsville, with junior guard Dan Miller also getting in on the action after an injury.

Barnes said about his veteran offensive line, “Coach Lucot and the offensive line mean everything to me this year. I feel very comfortable running behind them because I know I will always have an open hole to run through.”

Barnes is also within striking distance of a few more school records this year.

Coming into the year, the senior halfback was already the owner of the career touchdown mark with 26 and the single season touchdown mark with 19, and he can also break records for rushing yards in a season and rushing yards in a career by the end of the 2012 campaign.

The current record for rushing yards in a season is 1,280, set by Bill Davis in 2002. With his 2012 season total at 575 yards through the first four games, Barnes needs 706 more yards, or an average of about 142 yards/game in his final five games to break the single season mark.

Barnes is also within striking distance of the career rushing yards mark of 2,314 yards, a record that has stood for 25 years.

Barnes came into the year with 1,715 rushing yards which had put him in third place on the career rushing yard list.

 He passed Dan Topf (1,993 yards) for second all time with his performance Friday vs. Connellsville and is currently just 25 yards from breaking the 25 year old mark set by Brian Buerkle in 1987.

Barnes is also very excited to be in the record book so many times. He said “Having a lot of school records would mean I left a name for myself, and it would give future Raiders something to compare themselves too to try and get better every day.”

Barnes also owns the top two longest rushes in Raider history, a 97 yard scamper vs. North Hills just a year ago and a 96 yard run Friday against the Connellsville Falcons.