McLOUD — Chris High knows there's an element of pride in being the running back at Douglass.
A long list of talented runners have played the position for the Trojans, regularly one of the best rushing teams in the state, and High is trying to elevate his game to the standard those players set.
The Douglass senior met the mark Thursday night, rushing for 198 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries to power the Trojans to a 41-17 win at McLoud.
“It means a lot to be the running back here,” High said. “The team is counting on you, and I'm counting on the team. We got to roll together.”
High, 6-foot, 185 pounds, surpassed the 1,000-yard mark Thursday, now with 1,138 yards and 12 touchdowns on just 86 rushing attempts, an average of 13.2 yards per carry.
“He's been pretty special,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. “Chris is playing really well, but first of all, the offensive line is playing better. We knew once they came along, we knew what we had in Chris and Chavez Wyatt, who is running the ball well, too.”
High, who has a scholarship offer from Morgan State, an FCS program, has enjoyed watching the young Trojan offensive line grow up this season, seeing the inexperienced unit continue to blossom.
“I feel like they've improved 100 percent, and by playoff time, they'll be up to 200 percent,” High said. “We're ready to go.”
McLoud quarterback Joseph Wood threw for 214 yards and a touchdown, but Douglass capitalized on the Redskins' mistakes.
The win moves Douglass to 5-0 in district play, tied for the 4A-2 lead with Ada, which trounced Harrah on Thursday. The Trojans host Harrah next week before a visit from Ada in Week 10, which will likely be for the district title.
After a rocky start to the season, Douglass appears to be climbing toward its peak.
“We hope we don't reach our peak until the first week of December,” Alexander said. “But our motto is to get better each week. That's what you hope for as a coach, and that's the growth that you seek.”