First, before we get to Mario Gobbato, I need to re-introduce Tyler Anderson. Tyler has been co-editor of StatewideStats.com since almost the beginning. While few of you may know him, readers of this site with a Whatcom County interest have been enjoying his work for years. Tyler has single-handedly covered Whatcom County stats since 2005. Furthermore, he has spent many, many hours in the library to research stats back to the 1960s, giving us a very comprehensive history of WhatCo football statistics.
From this, Tyler notes that Mario Gobbato needs just 28 yards to become the career rushing leader in Whatcom County. He’s already just one of six backs to have more than 4,000 career yards.
Here’s Tyler’s 4,000 career rushing yards list:
- Robert Davis, Ferndale ’01 — 4333 career yards on 592 carries, 45 touchdowns.
- Matthias Wilson, Ferndale ’98 — 4321 yards on 513 carries, 37 touchdowns.
- Mario Gobbato, Blaine ’13 — 4,305 career yards (and counting) on 558 carries, 56 touchdowns.
- Chad Clark, Squalicum ’07 — 4172 yards on 621 carries, 33 touchdowns.
- Dave Longoria, Nooksack Valley ’92 — 4167 yards on 699 carries, 41 touchdowns.
- T.J. Busch, Lynden ’03 — 4099 yards on 639 carries, 46 touchdowns.
It is possible that we’ve missed someone on the list, but not likely. Tyler’s research goes back into the 1970s and late 1960s. Until 1999, there were 9 regular season games. Furthermore playoffs didn’t begin until 1974, both factors meaning fewer potential games to pile up yards.
Blaine plays Lynden Christian this Friday night, and it could be a historic one for Gobbato and Whatcom County football.