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Racine Lutheran's Tyler Tenner becomes state's all-time career rushing leader

11/02/2019, 10:45am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Tyler Tenner is the state's new all-time rushing king

Late in Friday's 55-7 Level 2 win over Cambridge, Racine Lutheran senior Tyler Tenner made history. Running around right end, he picked up about eight yards to move him into first place all-time on the state's career rushing yards list

With 237 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in the victory, Tenner now has 6,903 career yards, which eclipses the previous record of 6,870 yards set just last year by Iola-Scaninavia's Bryce Huettner.

While breaking one of the state's premier career marks has been a distinct possibility all season, Tenner has kept the focus elsewhere.

"He is such a great kid and hard worker," Racine Lutheran head coach Scott Smith told WSN earlier this week. "He has never spoken about the record he could break, he responds to everyone about it by saying, 'Let's win a state championship'."

One of the top contenders for state player of the year as a senior, he's up to 2,286 yards and 31 touchdowns on 223 carries in 2019 as the Crusaders are unbeaten and eyeing a possible return trip to Camp Randall. As a junior when Racine Lutheran finished as the Division 6 runner-up, Tenner carried the ball 226 times for 2,275 yards and 27 touchdowns.

A four-year varsity performer, Tenner started his career with 512 yards as a freshman before rocketing up to 1,830 yards as a sophomore.

Tenner has a chance to become the first player in state history to go over 7,000 career rushing yards, needing just 97 yards to reach the mark as the Crusaders take on defending Division 5 state champion Saint Mary's Springs next week in Level 3.

Video of Tenner's record-breaking run can be seen below courtesy of Racine Lutheran athletics.

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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