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Ebell Exceeds 300 Again to Break County Record

October 28, 2000|DENNIS BATEMAN

Tyler Ebell rushed for more than 300 yards for the seventh time this season, breaking the Ventura County single-season rushing record with a 351-yard performance in Ventura High's 64-28 Channel League victory over Dos Pueblos on Friday night at Ventura.

Ebell had 22 carries and scored on runs of seven, 56, 30, 34, 20 and 72 yards. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior raised his season totals to 2,737 yards and 39 touchdowns in 210 carries. Ebell broke the record of 2,440 yards set last season by St. Bonaventure's Lorenzo Booker.

"It's not too hard when we just have to hand off to No. 2 [Ebell]," Coach Phil McCune of Ventura said. "I knew [Dos Pueblos] wouldn't fold, and they didn't."

Ventura (7-1, 2-1 in league) opened a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, but Dos Pueblos (5-3, 1-1) scored 14 points in the second quarter to close to 28-14. Ebell made it 35-14 with a 30-yard run late in the second quarter.

Ebell scored three touchdowns in the third quarter. His final score, a 72-yard touchdown late in the quarter, gave Ventura a 56-21 lead.

Shane Lopes of Dos Pueblos completed 14 of 26 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns but threw three interceptions.

At halftime, school officials dedicated the field in honor of Ventura graduate Eric Turner, a former UCLA and NFL player who died in May from stomach cancer.

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Ebell Watch

Tyler Ebell of Ventura is on pace to become the eighth player in state history to rush for 3,000 yards in a season. The state record of 3,586 yards by Jermaine Marshall of Kilpatrick is also within reach. A look at Ebell's season:

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Opponent Att. Yds. Avg. TD Simi Valley 12 330 27.5 4 Moorpark 26 375 14.4 5 Royal 21 308 14.8 4 Arroyo Grande 44 393 8.9 6 Oxnard 32 379 11.8 5 Buena 34 240 7.1 3 San Marcos 19 361 19.0 6 Dos Pueblos 22 351 16.0 6 Totals 210 2,737 13.0 39

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