BUFFALO, W.Va. - Buffalo High School running back Laythen Good has never been known for having an imposing stature.
But put a football in the 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior's hands and he becomes quite intimidating to opposing defenses.
Good, who is averaging 13 offensive touches per game, has made the most of his opportunities. He's compiled 310 rushing yards on 52 carries while grabbing 12 passes for 354 more yards.
The shifty running back is averaging six yards per carry and 29.5 yards per pass reception for the Bison (4-1), who will face a stern challenge Friday night when Wirt County (4-1) travels to Putnam County.
Good has six rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns entering the contest, giving him 66 points on the year. His scoring total is second only to Wayne standout Brandon Spurlock among area small school leaders.
"He has a small stature but he has good speed and quickness," Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer said of Good. "He's more quick than fast, and he uses that well to his advantage offensively and defensively.
"He can do a lot of different things. Some running backs aren't necessarily good at catching the ball out of the backfield or the split out position, but he can run the ball and catch it, so he's multitalented in that aspect. He accelerates when he gets the ball on some of those passes and gets out in the open. He has a lot of big plays."
Good is quick to credit Buffalo's blockers for his early success.
"I give all the credit to our line," he said. "They've really stepped up and provided big holes. All they need to do is give me a little hole and I'll do the rest, but they've been amazing this year and so have the wide receivers downfield.
"They're blocking downfield helps me spring the long plays."
Good also points to his relationship with record-breaking senior quarterback Levi Jordan for his success catching the ball.
"Me and Levi have a great chemistry," Good said. "We're great buddies on the field, but we're also great buddies off the field. We go camping, we spend time playing sandlot ball and sometimes we just pass the football. It helps us get used to each other.