Dalton senior running back Jahmyr Gibbs stands atop the Chattanooga area's all-time single-game rushing list after catching the nation's eye in Friday's 62-10 road victory over Ringgold.
Gibbs is the clear-cut Times Free Press player of the week after he totaled 420 rushing yards in three quarters and scored on eight of his 23 rushes.
"My offensive line opened up a lot of room and did not mess up once," Gibbs said after breaking the record of 411 yards set by Polk County's Zach Miller in 2012. "My blockers deserve a lot of credit, too. To make the plays we did against a rival just up the road really was special and exciting."
Breaking tackles and speeding past defenders, the Georgia Tech commitment had 270 rushing yards and four scores on 11 carries by halftime.
"Since I started playing football I have always been elusive running with the ball, but I feel like I can hit another level now," Gibbs said. "I work on my footwork a lot. When we do drills, our running back coach (Adam Martinez) teaches us to get a burst after the first cut. He points back one way and we have to go the other way and burst out. I think the little things I work on are going to help me a lot."
If not for an 83-yard sideline-switching touchdown run being called back on a scoreless first-half drive for the Catamounts, Gibbs could have broken the Georgia high school single-game record of 485 rushing yards set by Pepperrell's Devyn Collins against Rockmart in 2014.
Gibbs passed Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Champ Bailey from Charlton County for the ninth most rushing yards in a GHSA game.
As a sophomore, Gibbs flashed in the spotlight by rushing for 182 yards and a pair of scores in a 28-26 loss to Harrison in a game televised by ESPN on Oct. 19, 2017.
Listed by 247Sports.com as the nation's No. 425 prospect for the class of 2020, and the No. 10 all-purpose back, Dalton's senior star looks to rise in the national recruiting rankings.
Gibbs has more than 30 NCAA Division I scholarship offers, including one last Thursday from the Southern California Trojans. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound back soon will make his first visit to LSU, which has made one of his five Southeastern Conference offers — along with South Carolina, Mississippi State, Missouri and Texas A&M.
Dalton will host Northwest Whitfield at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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