Coyle High School running back Damon Caine Jr. has waited for his time to shine. After spending the previous season at wide receiver, Caine was thrust into the starting tailback role and has flourished.
Through four games this season, Caine has already rushed for 1,046 yards and found the end zone 15 times. According to NewsOk.com/varsitystats, Caine has rushed for the second-most yards this season behind Sasakwa’s Thomas Rompf’s 1,067 yards. The catch? The Bluejackets have played one less game. What's even crazier? Caine’s start would put him as eighth-best in the state in rushing yards for a team.
Last week against Medford, Caine carried the ball 42 times for 402 yards and seven touchdowns. His lowest output this year came against Yale where he rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Through four games, Caine is averaging 262 yards per game and 8.6 yards per carry. Caine has been able to put up gaudy numbers despite playing three ways for the Bluejackets.
"He's our workhorse," Coyle Head Coach Shane Weathers said. "We've always had good running backs, but usually we have two or three and been able to rotate them in. This year, Damon has been our workhorse. He does it all for us. He runs the ball and he plays on defense and special teams."
What makes Caine's start even more impressive is the fact that Coyle has only attempted nine passes on the year. Opposing teams try and load the box against the Bluejackets, but it hasn't stopped Caine and company from dominating the run game.
"We've only attempted two or three passes a game," Weathers said. "We look at it as, 'you know we're going to run it and we're going to run it down your throat.’''
Weathers says Caine is a patient runner. One that doesn't do a lot of dancing around and can make a hole when there isn't one. But thanks to an offensive line anchored by three seniors, there's usually a gap for Caine to run through.
With Coyle facing Bray-Doyle this Friday, the Bluejackets will have played four Class B schools in five games. Coyle will look to continue their hot start before returning to district play next week against Southwest Covenant.