CHS FOOTBALL: Mead breaks Kelley’s rushing record

Clovis senior running back Brian Mead (28) became the school’s all-time leading rusher with his 188-yard effort during Friday’s 34-26 loss to Artesia. Wildcats assistant coach Darren Kelley held the mark for 21 years. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley sees a lot of himself in senior running back Brian Mead.

A star running back on three straight Wildcats state championship teams in the mid-1980s, Kelley said like Mead he possessed great quickness, however, the latest in long line of standout running backs at Clovis is more adept at finding the holes in the defense.

On his first carry of the second half in Friday’s 34-26 loss to Artesia, the generously listed 5-foot-6, 160-pound Mead passed Kelley as Clovis’ all-time leading rusher.

With his 188-yard effort, Mead pushed his three-year career total to 3,633 yards. Kelley rushed for 3,514 from 1983-85.

“I was proud of Brian,” Kelley said. “He deserves everything he gets because he’s worked so hard.”

Mead remains modest about his accomplishments. He prefers to focus on team accomplishments.

“Just coming out here and being with your friends, I mean we’re all family here,” Mead said about why he loves football. “Every time we went to state, the team came together like a family, that’s the stuff I’ll always remember.”

Mead said he doesn’t really think about his relatively small stature.

“Growing up I’ve been smaller than everybody,” said Mead, who leads Class 5A in rushing with 1,548 yards. “When I was in junior high, I used to play against a lot of (my teammates), and when we got to high school they told me they always underestimated me.”  

Mead also holds the school record for most carries and with 48 touchdowns is closing in on the school record held by legendary speedster Michael Thompson.

Mead and the Wildcats (5-3) are off this week before starting district play Friday by hosting Hobbs.

Mead has already received a full scholarship offer from New Mexico Military Institute and is drawing interest from New Mexico, New Mexico State and Eastern New Mexico University.