Because of his small physique, Interlake running back Jordan Todd has always felt like he had something to prove on the football field.
He proved plenty to Franklin Pierce on Friday night.
Todd ran for an astounding 432 yards on 29 carries and five touchdowns in leading the Saints to a 49-41 victory over the Cardinals in a first-round, Class 2A state playoff game at Franklin Pierce High.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, Todd was suffering from a nasty cold that had him coughing and feeling queasy after the game.
“I’ve been little my whole life and I’m always trying to prove that I belong out here,” said Todd, a 5-8, 180-pound senior. “It’s made me work harder than a lot of guys. I want to be the best back on the field every game.”
There was no doubting his dominance Friday. Aided nicely by his offensive line, Todd scored on runs of 83, 67 and 21 yards in the first half, then tallied from 54 and 4 yards after the
“When a play gets called in the huddle, I tell the linemen to give me three yards and I’ll do the rest,” said Todd, who continually broke tackles and sidestepped Franklin Pierce defenders.
Franklin Pierce coach Howard Lutton said Todd, who entered the game with 1,978 yards rushing and 22 total touchdowns, was as good as advertised.
“It was a night of offensive fireworks on both sides and he (Todd) lit us up,” Lutton said. “We just didn’t have a response for him. Quite a few times it looked like we had him bottled up but he’d break loose and go the distance.”
Franklin Pierce managed to stay in contention throughout, however. The Cardinals struck first on a 31-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Iopu Ignacio. A 62-yard scoring run by Isaac Martin on an option play and a 13-yard TD run by Ignacio on the last play of the first quarter gave Franklin Pierce a 21-13 lead.
Back-to-back touchdowns by Todd lifted Interlake to a 28-21 advantage, but Franklin Pierce quarterback Reilley Pierce hit Isaac Howard on a 68-yard touchdown pass late in the first half that pulled the Cardinals to within 28-27.
A 39-yard dash to paydirt by Pierce provided the Cardinals with a 35-28 lead late in the third period, but two more touchdowns by Todd and a 70-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jason Sass to Christian Price with 7:34 left in the game sealed the outcome for Interlake.