Jonathan Stewart plays for Timberline High School in Lacey, WA. Timberline is a 3A school, which is the second-largest classification in Washington. In last year's playoff loss to Bellevue, three-time defending state champions, he rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown, with two long runs called back because of penalties.
In 2002, he tied the all-time single game rushing record with 422 yards. The earlier 422-yard effort was done at a smaller 2A school.
* missed several games due to foot injury ** in four games
The previous Washington high school record was set at a B-11 school, which is the smallest 11-man classification in Washington, so Stewrt was facing much stiffer competition on the way to breaking the record. The previous record for a 3A or larger school was 5,449 yards.
He still has at least five more games to play, with up to nine pending playoff games. (Timberline is currently the #2-ranked team in 3A, behind only De La Salle-conquerors Bellevue.) He will certainly (barring injury) be the first Washington running back to eclipse 7,000 yards and would challenge 8,000 yards if he matched his pace from last year. He could also challenge the state single-season rushing record of 2,676 yards.
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