Running back Zach Knox is chasing Stillwater's all-time rushing record. The senior needs just 24 yards to surpass all-stater Aaron Runk's record of 3,028 career yards set from 1993 to 1995. Knox enters Friday’s game against Totino-Grace with 3,005 yards.
Knox told the Stillwater Gazette, he's more focused on winning the game than setting the record. “I’m going to love to have it, but playoffs is so many steps ahead of that for the team," Knox said. "I feel like I’ve worked hard for that, but clearly the playoffs mean more to me right now and playing as many games as I can with my teammates for our last year — for a lot of us, our last year.”
Knox was forced to sit out two games this season because of an injury. Had he played in those games, he surely would have broken the record by now. Earlier this season, Knox broke Runk's all-time carries record of 500 and is currently at 554.
Knox is no stranger to the Ponies record book. As a sophomore in 2102, he set the record for number of carries in a game with 48 against Hastings. Last season, he racked up 1,547 rushing yards season on a school record 294 carries. Knox also set the team’s single-game rushing record with 294 yards — which is also the record for total offense — against White Bear Lake, breaking the previous record of 290 rushing yards set by Pat Juhl in 1979. Knox owns four of the top six single-game rushing totals in school history. With rushes last year for 265 yards against Mounds View and 250 yards against Hastings, Knox owns four of the top six single-game rushing totals in school history.
So far, Knox has 236 total points scored (rush/pass/xpt) for 4th on all time list. He will also enter the record books for total offense and all purpose yards. These totals, while accurate for rushing yards, are not yet audited for scoring, total offense, and all purpose yards.