CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Traditionally, a team's fullback is used to block or churn out the tough yards.
Cabell Midland's Lowell Farley is not your typical fullback.
While Farley, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound senior, has the strength and size to get the third and 2s or deliver a punishing block for the Knight running backs, he is much more than that.
Farley is deceptively quick, which is helping him move up the list of all-time leading rushers at Cabell Midland, which opened in 1994 as a consolidation of Barboursville and Milton high schools.
He finished Cabell Midland's 52-19 victory last week with 168 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns, leading a Midland rushing game that piled up 477 rushing yards. Stephen Matthews and Winfield transfer David Gaydosz also went over the 100-yard mark for the Knights.
Midland second-year Coach Luke Salmons knows what type of talent he has in Farley, who has run for 1,942 yards in his career. Ben Poe is the all-time leading rusher at Cabell Midland, where he ran for 2,752 yards in his junior and senior seasons (1996-97).
"When we got there last year, (Farley) was good, but he didn't know how good he could be," said Salmons, whose Knights host South Charleston at 7:30 tonight. "He has gotten more confident, has gotten even better, and he deserves this.
"Lowell has been great. He is very capable and can do it all. He works at it all year and he wants it. He has played really well. I think he will play college football.
"He's the perfect fullback. He can get the tough yards but he can get you the home run, too. If they don't tackle him, he's just not going to lean forward and get 4 yards. He can take it to the house. Teams have to honor him. He's a little faster this year, too."
Farley showed off his speed against Riverside, outrunning the Warrior secondary for a 72-yard TD run in the second quarter. One week earlier, with the Knights deep in their own territory, Farley ran for a 98-yard TD run at Parkersburg.
"A lot of people don't think the fullback has wheels but I guess I'm a different type of fullback," Farley said. "I use to be a tailback but when Coach (Salmons) came in, he utilized me as a fullback. Obviously it has paid off.
"Last year he had 600 yards in the first two games," said Salmons, whose fullback finished the 2011 season with 956 yards on 133 carries. "Then he got hurt. Against Riverside, he suffered a high ankle sprain. He was out a few weeks but wasn't the same after returning. That's a hard injury for a running back.
"He hobbled around and fought through it but that hurt him a lot. He could get you 30 yards but he couldn't take it all the way. He still did good and had a 1,000-yard rushing season despite being hurt. He is healthy this year, though, and that's the main thing."