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Kaleb Demuzio Continues Running Through History
Highland's star running back surpassed his brother for Highland career rushing yards Friday against Skyview
Published: 10/7/2020 2:26:14 PM
 


Given the way Kaleb Demuzio admires his older brother and always idolized Highland football players, Friday night’s milestone was extra surreal.

But that’s the reality: Demuzio is one of Highland’s all-time elites.

With 97 rushing yards against Skyview, Demuzio brought his career total to 2,016 career rushing yards, breaking his brother Landon's career mark of 2,001. Demuzio passed his brother as the seventh-leading rusher in Highland Ram history.

“That’s pretty special, especially (for) a boy like me who grew up thinking that varsity football players were like gods,” Kaleb said. “They were always people that I looked up to. I wanted to be just like them. The fact that I’m going to be in the record books anywhere near any of them, that’s really special to me.”

Kaleb and Landon have opposite running styles, but now have over 2,000 yards rushing in their careers.

Kaleb has built his reputation by being a bruising, straight-ahead back. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior burst onto the scene last year against Century, when he set Highland’s single-game rushing record with 298 yards. He churned up another 221 yards in a playoff win over Madison and has kept it rolling this year, highlighted by a 186-yard, three-touchdown game against Logan (UT).

“When we had him in our little kids camps, we knew he was going to be a running back,” Highland Head Coach Gino Mariani said.

While Kaleb’s self-described “one-cut-and-hit-somebody” running style fits that of a prototypical running back, Landon was a quarterback-turned-scatback who utilized his top-end speed to blow past defenders. He was Highland’s most dynamic weapon as a senior in 2018, when he rushed for 1,291 yards, tallied 692 yards receiving and accumulated 21 total touchdowns.

Landon helped the Rams win the 5A state title in 2017 alongside standout quarterback Kobe Tracy and star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.

“We kind of made the decision that Kobe was going to be our quarterback and we were going to move Landon around to where he could help the team,” Mariani said. “He very unselfishly took on that role, which was great.”

Kaleb has always looked up to Landon and his accomplishments, but it’s now Landon looking up to Kaleb in Highland’s record books.

“Me and my brother always competed when we were younger,” Kaleb said. “He’s just somebody I’ve always looked up to, so I guess I never even figured I’d be close to all his achievements.”

 

 


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