There are three things in life that are definite: death, taxes and an Augusta Christian running back rushing for 1,000 yards.
Augusta Christian tailback Kyle Meeks hopes to fill the shoes of former Lions Joel Whinghter and Cole Rabun.
Photo by Jonathan Heeter
For the past four seasons, the Lions have used a workhorse running back to lead the team's offense.
In 2000 and 2001, Joel Whinghter rewrote the Augusta Christian and Georgia Independent Schools Association record books. The 2002 graduate, now a backup running back at Troy State, had consecutive 2,000 yard seasons as a starter. Whinghter gained 2,465 yards and amassed 23 touchdowns in 2000, leading Augusta Christian to the playoffs with a 9-3 mark. The next season, he put up 2,376 yards and 29 touchdowns for a 6-6 team.
After Whinghter graduated, Cole Rabun inherited his job and his shadow.
Rabun burst out of the shadow with 1,567 yards, the third highest season total in school history, and 17 touchdowns in 2002. The Lions went 9-3 and made it to the state quarterfinals that year. Last season he added 1,302 yards and 14 scores.
Some might think those would be tough acts to follow.
The task of keeping the running back tradition at Augusta Christian going falls to sophomore Kyle Meeks.
"Meeks is more like Whinghter than (Rabun)," Lions' coach Bruce Lane said. "He is fairly big and will be a tough inside runner. Rabun was a speed guy, but we think (Meeks) could be a bruiser like Whinghter."
Lane says that he expects quarterback Lee Banks and running backs Dillon Quick and Jay Harmon will help Meeks shoulder the load.
"It would be unfair for us to expect (Meeks) to rush for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns," Lane said. "He has to be his own player and he will have a lot of help in the backfield."
Meeks says he doesn't feel any pressure this season.
"I'm young and still learning the position so pressure isn't a big deal," he said. "(Rabun) was an outstanding back. I just hope that I can be as good when I graduate. Until then I'll just be my own player and do what I can to help the team."
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