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Iowa running back ties national record

In Tabor (Iowa) Fremont-Mills High School’s 80-49 eight-player football victory over Malvern (Iowa) East Mills High School on October 21, Nate Meier etched his name in the National Federation of State High School Associations’ National High School Sports Record Book not once, but twice.

In that contest, the senior running back had nine rushing touchdowns, which ties the national record set by Kameron Graham of Falls City (Oregon) High School on September 23, 2005.

Meier rushed 28 times for 500 yards, which ranks sixth nationally. The national record of 601 yards was set by Bryan Kendall of Haviland (Kansas) High School in 1974.

In addition, Meier’s rushing performance is the Iowa eight-player state record. The former record of 492 rushing yards was set by Andrew Leeper of Adair (Iowa) Adair-Casey High School in 2006.

Perhaps making Meier’s accomplishments even more remarkable is the fact that he missed some playing time during the third quarter due to cramps, and he left the game with about nine minutes to play.

The win earned Fremont-Mills, 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) District 8 championship. East Mills, which was ranked No. 4 in the state prior to the game, now stands 8-1. If those two teams both win their first two postseason playoff games, they would meet again in the IHSAA state quarterfinals. 

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