DURAND, Wis. (WEAU) -- He’s averaging almost 10 yards a pop on the ground, good enough for over 1,600 on the year. This past Friday night, Josh Biesterveld, a senior horse of a running back for the Durand Panthers broke his own single game rushing record with over 400 yards. Biesterveld is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.
“Josh gets the girls, but we get the satisfaction of putting the big hits on the people, opening up the holes for Josh, letting him score the touchdowns,” Durand’s left guard, Jacob Zeilinger, said.
And when he said touchdowns, he means a lot of them. In the past 2 games, the Panthers have put up 125 points and 986 rushing yards. Biesterveld has 13 touchdowns and has accounted for 88 of those points and 719 of the almost 1,000 yards.
“We knew going in we were going to be able to move the ball,” Biesterveld said. “We can move the ball against anyone we play against.”
Biesterveld put up 403 yards on the ground just last Friday night against Cumberland, breaking the school record he broke the week before against Colfax by nearly 100 yards. Head coach, Rod Rosemeyer, wasn’t expecting to hear a ‘4’ in front of Josh’s rushing yard total following the game.
“If you asked me after the game how many yards Josh had, I would have said maybe 250,” Rosemeyer said. “When they told me it was 403, I was shocked. Our offensive line did a great job blocking. Josh will be the first to tell you that it was a great team effort.”
“Everyone can say I broke the record, but I can’t break the record without the lineman up front,” Biesterveld said. “They do all the dirty work and I score all the touchdowns and they make me look really good. I have to give the credit to them because I couldn’t do it without them.”
Like a lot of area teams, Durand is run first, pass if needed. Their offensive line? It might just be up there with the best of them.
“We got big guys who can move too,” Durand’s right guard, Kyle Abramson, said. “We do a lot of pulling in our offense. We get a head of steam and get people moving.”
The Panthers have their hands full this Friday in level 2 of the playoffs; they take on top-seeded Granstburg on the road. Their game plan is staying the same, but they know they need to take care of the football.
“We just have to take control of the ball,” Biesterveld said. “We can’t have turnovers or dumb penalties that back us up.”