With 1,147 yards rushing in five games, Jalen Broome, the Potomac School’s senior running back, leads the D.C. area in rushing at the season’s midpoint. He’s run for over 100 more yards than the player second on that list — North Point’s Marquel Dickerson — and done it on 32 fewer carries.
Broome, who was the leading rusher in a more crowded Panthers’ backfield in 2012, says the key to his 2013 success is something the area’s other best backs don’t have: Andrew Lent.
“Lent makes all my plays happen,” Broome said of his 5-8, 160-pound lead blocker. “He makes the hard play and I just run through the hole. One of our coaches always likes to joke and say we’re Batman and Robin — that he’s Batman and I’m Robin.”
Broome and Lent — like several other of their Potomac School teammates — have played together since seventh grade and grown up in the system of the same group of coaches over the past six years.
“Getting the chance to play with the same group of guys from basically seventh grade to my senior year has just helped build friendships and relationships,” Broome said. We’re like brothers with our chemistry on the field and off the field. We’ve had the same coaches since we’re seventh graders. We’ve got a good little family over there at the school.”
That group has evolved into a legitimate contender for the MAC championship, a year better and stronger than the group that lost to Flint Hill in the conference title game last season. This year, the Panthers are 5-0 and have two conference wins under their belt already with two more to come. They play Maret (3-2, 0-1 MAC) Friday before facing off with Flint Hill (2-3) on Oct. 19.
“I think things are going really well right now,” Broome said of his senior season. “I don’t think we’ve peaked yet — I think we’re going to peak at the right time.”
Broome says several Football Championship Subdivision schools such as Georgetown, Davidson and the University of Pennsylvania have expressed serious interest in him, and that he hopes to have offers from his more serious suitors soon.
“For college, I just want an all-around fun experience,” Broome said. “[I want to] enjoy my years, get to play the sport I love, and of course get a degree.”
Number Crunch: 33
The average yards per catch of Broome’s Potomac School teammate Josh Hansan. Hansan’s caught nine passes this year, and scored on six of them. Combined, he and Broome are responsible for 20 of the team’s 23 total touchdowns and 131 of 166 points scored.
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