- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When Bo Scarbrough left the game in the first quarter on Friday night, it wasn’t a welcome sight. A lot of people collectively held their breath, as the junior running back had seen both his freshman and sophomore seasons cut short due to injury.
However, it’s going to take more than a shot to the surgically-repaired knee of Scarbrough’s to knock him out of a game this year.
“They hit my knee a couple of times, but it felt brand new, like I’ve never torn it before,” he said. “They thought I was going to go down by them hitting it, but it’s going to take more than that.”
Scarbrough re-entered the game, carried the ball and carried the ball some more for Northridge. He finished with 37 carries in all and rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns as the Jaguars defeated Bob Jones to open the season.
“It feels great to come off two injuries like that,” Scarbrough said. “First thing, I want to thank God and thank my offensive linemen because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have 214 yards.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior is considered one of the top prospects in the 2014 class. He already has close to a dozen offers and says he’s currently favoring Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Georgia.
Bob Jones linebacker Nick Holman, a fellow 2014 prospect, had his hands full all night trying to bring down Scarbrough but got him down once in the backfield, and it’s a tackle he won’t soon forget.
“He’s definitely a beast,” Holman said. “It was fun to play against him because I know in about 10 years when he’s in the NFL, I can show that highlight when I tackled him in the backfield.”
For Scarbrough, he set a goal before the season: 200 or more yards rushing in each game. His 214-yard performance on Friday is a good start, but the ultimate goal is to win a state title at Northridge.
“I just can’t be excited right now,” Scarbrough said. “I’m just trying to calm my nerves. I have to focus on other things. This game is gone, and I’m ready for the next one.”
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