High School Sports

Joseph Byous, Downey running back

Joseph Byous typically splits time at tailback, sharing his carries with Ian Larsen. With his partner out of action with a high ankle sprain last week, however, Byous had the opportunity to carry the entire load.

"They usually rotate to keep fresh, since their position takes a pounding," first-year coach Jeremy Plaa said. "They both are successful at what they do."

Byous showed he was up to the task, carrying 20 times for 275 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-37 win over Tracy. He had TD runs of 45 and 48 yards.

"Joe had the opportunity to have a huge game because of the blocking of his O-line, and the blocking and faking of his other running backs," according to Plaa. "Not to mention, when Joe broke through the line, he got great downfield blocks by the receivers. These are things we've been working on since August, that are just now starting to show up in the game."

-- RICHARD T. ESTRADA

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