In a ridiculously lopsided 80-13 victory by St. Bonaventure on Thursday over Calabasas in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Div. XI playoffs, Booker was only able to carry the ball 11 times. He still ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns and put his career rushing total at 7,831 yards in 39 games. Booker, who already set the career state scoring record earlier in the season, is now 70 in front of Dorsey’s record total from last year.
The record fell on a 55-yard touchdown run with 2:18 left in the first quarter. Booker was only able to play until midway through the second quarter as by that time the Seraphs had already taken a 60-7 lead.
“It means a whole lot to me,” Booker told the Ventura County Star. “It’s special because I have all these records, but I’m fortunate because I haven’t lost a game in high school.”
St. Bonaventure’s 80 points scored also was reported as a Ventura County single-game scoring record for one team.
When Dorsey set the career rushing record last year, it was obvious that Booker was going to come into his senior season with a strong chance of breaking it. There are some great backs coming back next year -- particularly Helix’s Reggie Bush -- but no one with totals that indicate they’ll be able to reach 8,000 career yards. Booker should reach that total as early as next week.
Among the sophomores, Fresno San Joaquin Memorial’s Jerrone Garrett has more than 1,700 yards and Manteca Sierra’s Daniel Teicheira finished with more than 1,500, but neither player is likely going to be able to play enough games to come close to 8,000. It may sound like a cliche, but the main reason for Booker’s amazing totals is that the team he plays on went 14-0 two years ago, went 14-0 last season and barring a major upset will go 14-0 this season.
Newspapers usually fail to credit it, but all state records are compiled by Cal-Hi Sports and appear exclusively in the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book and Almanac. The sixth printing of the actual book is scheduled for early 2002.
Cal-Hi Sports founder Nelson Tennis is the person most responsible for California records being in existence in the first place. He began compiling and researching those records in 1974.