The next time you’re attempting to win a bet with your friends, try springing this question on them: Who holds the single-game rushing record at Levi’s Stadium?
Naturally, they’ll go with the most logical candidate: 49ers running back Frank Gore.
And they’d be wrong.
Gore ran for 119 yards in a 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 28, but he’s not within 100 yards of the mark.
The correct answer is Oakdale fullback Frankie Trent, who carried the ball 33 times for 223 yards in a 42-21 win over rival Manteca on Saturday as part of the stadium’s Friday Night Lights event, which featured a slate of high school games played at the professional venue over two days.
“I didn’t know I set the record,” said Trent, when asked how it felt to be the single-game rushing king of Santa Clara. “Even though it’s a high school game, and not an NFL thing, it feels good.”
The great bulk of Trent’s yardage came on trap plays.
“We knew it was going to one of the major plays we could go to when we needed it,” Trent said. “Our o-line has been getting better week by week and they’re opening up holes and getting line surge, and the way the defense was designed most of the time, we knew it was going to be a good play.”
Trent, a 5-foot-8, 210-pound senior, also scored six touchdowns and had nearly as many rushing yards as Manteca had total offense (229). Trent’s touchdowns are another stadium record, one that probably has a better shot at standing the test of time than the rushing mark. The only time an NFL player scored six touchdowns in a game, it was also at the 49ers’ stadium – Kezar Stadium in 1965 – by Chicago Bears legendary running back Gale Sayers.
“He is the most unselfish kid,” Oakdale head coach Trent Merzon said of his workhorse. “He doesn’t even care who scores. In fact, after the last (15-yard) touchdown run, he came back to the sideline and said, ‘Stupid question: Should I have gone down at the 2 and just let the clock run out?’ ”
Running into the end zone to put your team up by three scores was, of course, the right move. But it shows Trent was thinking about passing on personal stats for the good of his team.
“He’s the consummate team player,” Merzon said.
And, now, the answer to a trivia question, too.