SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Holy Name's Quron Wright is too small — at least that's what the experts said of the Worcester product.
Ranked No. 133 running back prospect in the nation, according to ESPN, he is listed at 5-foot, 7-inches on his team's roster. The knock on his star's stature isn't something coach Mike Pucko takes lightly.
After a 47-40 loss to St. John's High school in which Wright rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, Pucko had strong words for those who’ve said Quoron is too short to play college football.
"If they think height is an issue, watch our game films and watch him tear people up all year long — all his career long," Pucko said.
But Wright wasn't the only back on display in the intriguing opening week matchup. Shadrach Abrokwah, a 5-foot-9 wrecking ball from Shrewsbury, wasted no time showing the large crowd he was something to watch too. Abrokwah took the handoff on the first play, broke to the left, ran through two tacklers and found the end zone just 17 seconds into the game.
Abrokwah is “if not one of the best tailbacks I've seen in a long time, he's pretty close to it,” St. John's head coach John Andreoli said.
The matchup was billed as a ground war. Holy Name threw just three passes, completing one.
It was strength against strength and at the end of the day, the two star backs had combined for 484 yards and seven touchdowns on 52 carries.
"My O-linemen blocked really good today and that was a big part of my success," Abrokwah said. "The same thing happened last year against Holy Name."
Abrokwah, as a linebacker on defense, had the job of tracking Wright. He said he can relate to Wright's running style.
"I'm short too, so I saw him on a few plays with the ball. You've just got to read your keys," he said.
It was a bittersweet career day for the most productive Nap on the field. When told of his career-high numbers, Wright cracked a grin that quickly dropped back into the scowl only a loss can provide.
"We definitely did what we wanted to do on offense," Wright said. "I just tried to be patient and wait for the holes to open up ... I don't even really pay attention (to stats) I didn't even realize I had (close to) 300 yards."
Fans of power running will have to make a difficult choice next week, as both teams play this Saturday at 1 p.m.
Wright and the Naps will face the Westborough Rangers, while Abrokwah and the Pioneers will face The Longmeadow Lancers.