EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Andre Session had hoped to average 250 yards rushing a game for El Paso Jefferson this season.
So far, he’s ahead of schedule.
After two games, the junior running back is averaging 341. That includes a state-record 426 yards on 21 carries Friday in a 58-28 win over El Paso Del Valle.
Session’s success has been boosted by a senior-laden offensive unit and a Wing-T offense installed by new coach Carlos Lowenberg.
″He started as a sophomore, but they ran the wishbone and he just didn’t get the ball enough,″ Lowenberg said. ″He’s got real good speed and runs 4.45 in the 40.″
Although Sessions has just started to get big headlines, and probably will receive many more, it hasn’t been a problem for his older teammates.
″I asked them how they felt blocking and how they felt after I made a touchdown,″ Session said. ″And they said they like it because it makes them think their job is worthwhile.″
But while Lowenberg is impressed with his back, he says Session still isn’t the best he’s had in his 25 years of high school coaching.
″Right now, the best running back I’ve ever had was Steven Lee,″ Lowenberg said. ″This kid may be a little faster and he’s bigger and stronger, but he doesn’t have all of the little moves that Lee had. But he will have them.″
Ironically, Lee, who played for El Paso Austin, was playing against El Paso Jefferson in 1985 when he rushed for 422 yards.
Session’s pewrformance included touchdown runs of 16, 13, 77, 87 and 85 yards. He sat down with about nine minutes to play.
Lowenberg and Session said Friday night’s final statistics were surprising.
″He only had 126 yards in the first half but we noticed some glitches in their defense, so we made some adjustments at halftime,″ Lowenberg said. ″I thought that record had been broken, but somebody told me last night that it hadn’t and this was a new one, so this is great.″
Session said: ″I wasn’t expecting that much. And during the game I didn’t think I had that much, but I had confidence in my line to pull me through. I thought I had around 300 at the end of the game.″
Session’s 682 total yards have already surpassed his 1988 rushing total of about 400 yards, said Lowenberg.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ken Howell knew there was a problem Sunday when he saw people pointing at him as he came down the runway leading from the lockerroom and approached the field.
″I was coming down the tunnel and people were saying, ’Hey, you’re supposed to be pitching,‴ Howell said.
They were right.
The righthander, who was supposed the start the first game of the Phillies’ doubleheader against St. Louis Sunday, said he became confused about the starting time of the first game.
Philadelphia originally was scheduled to play a single game beginning at 1:05 p.m., but a rainout on Saturday night led officials to schedule a doubleheader for Sunday and move the starting time of the opener up to 12:05 p.m.
When Howell finally arrived, the game was in progress and Don Carman was on the mound. The Phillies won 9-5 in 12 innings.
″I should have called to make sure of the time,″ said Howell, 11-12, who lost 2-0 in the second game. ″It was a misunderstanding on my part.″