His size, strength and speed makes Tombstone High School standout running back Tyler Wilridge look like the second coming of former Sunnyside and Arizona standout David Adams.
Add to that list: stats.
Wilridge, a two-way star who also plays strong safety — yes strong safety — at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, leads all of Southern Arizona with 1,436 yards on 87 carries with 20 touchdowns. He is averaging a phenomenal 287.2 yards a game and 16.5 yards a carry.
On defense, he is a team leader with 44 tackles. He also has a 99-yard interception return for touchdown, showing the elusiveness that Adams showed in the 1980’s with the Blue Devils and Wildcats.
The 2A single season rushing record is 2,583 yards. the TD single-season record is 44. Tyler Wilridge could shatter the rushing record and come close to the TD record. https://t.co/kPeJFFe2JJ
Look at this highlight reel of Wilridge in a recent game against Pima. To get an idea of Wilridge’s strength, check out his tackle of a running back at the 3:05 mark:
Some may point out that Wilridge is doing this at the Class 2A level but think of this: He is tearing up the competition there at an extreme rate. Who’s to say he can’t hold his own against 4A, 5A or 6A teams with his production?
Wilridge and Tombstone (3-2) play at rival Benson (3-2) this Friday.
Here is a list of the top running backs in Southern Arizona at the midway point of the season (stats provided by AIA365.com via Max Preps):
|Bijan Robinson||Salpointe Catholic||Jr||5||86||974||194.8||11.3||12|
|Rashaad Henderson||Flowing Wells||Sr||5||98||671||134.2||6.8||11|
|Stevie Rocker||Canyon del Oro||Soph||4||51||614||153.5||12.0||7|
|Nathan Grijalva||Ironwood Ridge||Sr||5||100||570||114.0||5.7||6|
|JQ Hale||Palo Verde||Sr||5||104||538||107.6||5.2||8|
|Dominic Bynum||Catalina Foothills||Sr||4||50||437||109.3||8.7||3|
|Evan Lovett||Pusch Ridge||Soph||5||42||418||83.6||10.0||5|
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