Statistics are a measure of a player's performance, durability and contribution to a team. But other things matter, too.
So, for the moment, try to forget that Robinson's sensational running back Chris Warren rushed 134 yards and returned a punt for 90 yards for a touchdown Friday in the third-ranked Rams' 34-14 victory over Lake Braddock, had 194 yards and two touchdowns against Chantilly, 134 yards against W.T. Woodson, and 177 and two scores against South Lakes.
Also try to forget that Warren, a senior, has 1,007 yards on 145 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He has also caught 16 passes for 166 yards.
A running back has to have the ability to gain ground without help -- the ability to find holes, turn a loss into a gain, break tackles, pick up extra yardage after being hit. Warren, who has led the No. 3 Rams to a 7-0 record, possesses all that and more.
Listed at 6 feet 2 and 205 pounds, Warren, who has the height to see over opposing defenses, performs well in short-yardage and blocking situations, like a strong, dependable fullback. He also can carry and catch the ball extremely well, producing long gains as though he were a fluid halfback.
And he passes the ball occasionally to keep defenses honest. So he's a triple-threat back.
"He can do it all," said Robinson's second-year Coach Nick Hilgert. "On first and 10 he's your flamboyant-type runner. On third and short, he's your bully-type runner. On passing downs he's a receiver with great hands and speed. His height and size is what makes him great. He's everything you want a back to be.
"He worked hard during the offseason and has definitely showed a lot of improvement," Hilger said.
In his junior year, Warren rushed for 1,163 and 13 touchdowns and was selected to The Post's first team all-Met squad. In addition, Warren was also chosen to the Virginia AAA Northern District all-league team.
"He was a good back last season," said Hilgert. "But he ran the ball with no control. He didn't use his blockers effectively and just ran wild on most plays, reversing field, twisting and turning, and relied only on his speed to elude tacklers."
This season, Warren is much quicker at hitting the holes and if there isn't a hole, he finds a place to slide through. He has worked on his ball carrying technique and rarely fumbles. More importantly, he has learned to combine his speed (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash), strength and size to break into the open field.
"I did a lot of weightlifting during the summer and worked hard on reading defenses through watching films," said Warren. "Coach Hilgert kept telling me that I possesssed all the tools necessary to be the best, but I needed to learn to keep my head up and read the defenses instead of just running wild and strong. I guess my only weakness now is blocking."