CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Scott High School football Coach Shane Griffith knew he would need a running back to step up in 2012.
The Skyhawks lost their leading rusher, junior Draven Riffe, to transfer shortly before the start of preseason workouts. Riffe's move to nearby Class A Van left a void some suspected would cost Scott a run at a playoff spot.
Griffith needed a back, for sure. Little did he know that his stable had three of them waiting for the ball.
The Skyhawks (7-1) are led by a three-headed monster at running back in Robert Bias, Cameron Loftus, and Tristan Crone. Scott, ranked sixth in the latest Secondary School Activities Commission Class AA playoff ratings and seventh in this week's Daily Mail Poll, continued its solid season last week, defeating Herbert Hoover 40-7 in Falling Rock.
Rest assured, that trio of running backs had a lot to do with it.
Bias, a senior, rushed for 121 yards on 11 carries, Crone carried the ball nine times for 79 yards, and Loftus added 65 yards on just eight carries. Each had a touchdown run.
The Skyhawks even got huge contributions from a fourth running back, Hunter Bradley. The sophomore carried seven times for 56 yards and added 34 yards receiving out of the backfield. Scott rushed for 360 yards on 48 carries.
Despite so many running backs and only one ball to go around, the Skyhawks remain an unselfish bunch.
"Most teams have one running back and he's getting the ball 20 times a game but by the 15th or 16th carry, he's not going as strong," Crone said. "We are all healthy and fresh. It's hard for the defense getting our best every time."
"Last year it was one person getting the ball," Loftus said. "This year we are spreading it out. Everybody is getting carries and it's working out really great. We all are liking it really well."
Griffith unveiled an entirely new offense against Hoover after his Skyhawks suffered its only loss of the season the week before as Scott was dismantled on their own field on homecoming to No. 1 Wayne 47-6.