Who are the best Dayton-area running backs in recent seasons?


Entering the final regular-season weekend for high school football, the Dayton area has already seen another set of exciting running backs, as in recent years.

Here’s a look at some of the best the Dayton area has seen in the past few seasons:

2017

• Isaiah Bowser, Sidney. Has rushed for 2,213 yards in helping resurgent Sidney to an 8-1 start to the season. His 24 touchdowns give him 63 so far in his high school career.

• Colin Genslinger, Valley View. Averages 10.7 yards per carry in helping Valley View go 9-0.

• Ra’veion Hargrove, Trotwood-Madison. Has rushed for 1,467 yards through nine games a season after gaining 1,562 yards with 21 touchdowns as a junior. His numbers were huge during his sophomore season: 3,039 yards and 39 touchdowns.

• Ryan Montgomery, Franklin. Has scored 13 times while averaging 123.3 yards per game, including a 176-yard, 4-score effort in the opener against Carlisle.

• Bailey Wallen, Brookville. Has rushed for 1,885 yards and 26 touchdowns, including consecutive 300-yard games against Oakwood (334) and Milton-Union (354).


2016

• Josh Browder, Troy. Scored 19 times while averaging 7.7 yards per carry (1,467 yards total), including four games of 170 rushing yards or more.

• Danny Davis, Springfield. Gained nearly half as many yards receiving (559) as rushing (1,195) while combining for 13 touchdowns. 


2015

• Luke Dillahunt, Troy Christian. Was the state’s Division VII state offensive player of the year in 2014 before returning for his senior season, another first-team All-State performance.

• Jakob Prall, Tippecanoe. Rushed for 1,155 yards and 15 touchdowns while also catching 16 passes for 262 yards.


2014

• Aeryton Erwin, Mechanicsburg. Rushed for 1,620 yards and 27 touchdowns, including at least 130 yards in six games.

• Jayden Davis, Kenton Ridge. After a hot start to the season, rushed for 1,226 yards and 16 scores, while also catching 14 passes for 284 yards.


2013

• Jacob Hall, Tippecanoe. Broke 2,000 yards with 2,021 in 13 games while scoring 33 touchdowns. Rushed for at least 100 yards in all games, with a high of 215.

• Jalen Nelson, Spg. Shawnee. Averaged 9.1 yards per carry for the season, with 1,484 yards and 17 touchdowns. That included a 308-yard, five-touchdown game against Bellefontaine.

• A.J. Ouellette, Covington. Set a school rushing record with 2,535 yards during his senior season.


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