Monday, September 24, 2012

Macho Machado

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A 5-foot-7, 170-pound junior is starting to keep defensive coordinators awake at night in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Orestimba-Newman running back Steven Machado has been on a tear in 2012, and is starting to emerge as one of the top running backs in the state after five games.

Machado currently has 1,155 yards for the Warriors. He's averaging over 12 yards a carry and, even more astounding, he has crossed the goal line 18 times, in five games, which is an average of 3-4 touchdowns per game. His touchdowns has him tied for first in California with state rushing leader James Toland (1,282 yards) of Shadow Hills-Indio.

At this rate, if he continues to stay healthy and keeps punishing defenses, Machado could have close to 40 rushing touchdowns in the regular season. He already has two 200-yard evenings this season, and his last game was a 19 carry, 317 yard and four touchdown night against Riverbank on Friday. His worse rushing performance was a 188 yard night in the season opener.

He was just as productive last season for the run-heavy Warriors. As a sophomore, Machado finished with 1,293 yards and just three touchdown runs. 

And if you want to know what kind of runner he just might be, just know in this video, he sheds and spins past people.

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