Football: Holy Spirit RBs on brink of state history

Holy Spirit senior RBs Donta Pollock and Nigel Jones are on the brink of state history.

On Friday night, Pollock and Jones are likely to become the first set of classmates to pass 4,000 career rushing yards in the same season.

Pollock already has 4,317 yards. Jones has 3,936 entering Friday night's home game against Montclair Kimberley in the semifinals of the Non-Public 2 state tournament.

According to football historian Chuck Langerman, the feat also was accomplished by a pair of running backs from Libert Hill High outside of Austin, Tx., in 2005.

Casey Kociuba (5,440) and Matt Escamilla (4,819) were seniors for Liberty Hill High and both passed 4,000 yards that season.

Pollock has been hampered a bit by a sore knee in recent weeks but has been sharp in practice this week, according to Holy Spirit coach Charles Roman.

With possibly three games to play, Pollock has an outside shot at 5,000 career rushing yards, a total reached by just four SJ running backs -- Kevin Sinclair (5,380), Albert Young (5,376), Isaac Redman (5,255) and Gary Fauntleroy (5,069).

There are 25 players who have rushed for 4,000 career yards, but just three sets from the same school -- Redman and Kevin Harvey of Paulsboro, Derek White and A.B. Brown of Salem and William Washington and Pollock of Holy Spirit.

-- Phil Anastasia