Two-back attacks not dead yet

While spread offenses and single-back formations are more and more common, the value of having two great rushing threats in the backfield cannot be undersold.

Here are 12 teams that have a pair of backs who give their teams a potent 1-2 rushing attack. The players are listed with rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.


RB Voltaire Driver: 177-1,191-16

QB Trent McClure: 128-784-2

Notes: Driver rushed for 1,658 yards as a sophomore but missed much of his junior year with an arm injury. The fullback a four-year starter. McClure is a two-year starter bidding for a 1,000-yard rushing season of his own.

Eagle’s Landing

RB Corey Holloway: 121-862-6

RB Sedrick Palmer: 103-593-8

Notes: Both play significant roles on defense. Palmer, a linebacker, is the team’s leading tackler (10.3 per game). Holloway has 19 catches out of the backfield. They manage to put up good numbers numbers in a balanced offense. Eagle’s Landing (6-2) has more than 1,500 yards passing.

Elbert County

QB Mecole Hardman 119-1,146-13

RB Rantious Reed: 76-705-5

Notes: Elbert County (5-2) passes only about six times per game, so this pair accounts for about two-thirds of the team’s total yardage. Hardman (sophomore) and Reed (junior) are underclassmen. Both went over 100 yards against No. 10 North Oconee last week. They’ve got No. 7 Hart County this week.

Emanuel County Institute

RB James Brown: 95-967-16

RB Michael Sutton: 111-936-10

Notes: Both have had 200-yard rushing games this season. ECI (5-2) has put the ball in the hands of one of these two on 217 of 349 snaps this season. Brown is the team’s leading receiver with eight catches for 196 yards and four touchdowns.


QB Ty Clemons: 68-1,105-11

RB Taj Griffin: 79-766-7

Notes: Both have run sub-4.40 times over 40 yards, so it’s doubtful any team has a faster pair of feature runners. Griffin is rated the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country for the class of 2015, according to 247Sports. Clemons, a senior, has several Division I offers. McEachern is 7-1.

Monroe Area

QB Stanton Truitt: 73-1,049-16

RB Kwan Brooks: 96-929-14

Notes: No pair on this list has more than this duo’s 30 rushing touchdowns. They are averaging 12.3 yards per carry and scoring touchdowns every 5.6 times they carry the ball. Both are potential 2,000-yard rushers. Brooks rushed for 1,916 yards last season when Truitt missed games injured. Monroe Area is 7-0.

Northside (Warner Robins)

RB Glenn Smith: 84-796-9

RB Willie Jordan: 107-790-15

Notes: Smith was the team’s quarterback last season. Now he can be found in the backfield or split out wide. He has a team-leading 19 catches for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Jordan also is a good receiver with seven catches for 118 yards. Northside is 7-0.

Sandy Creek

RB Eric Swinney: 97-772-12

RB Delvin Weems: 80-725-12

Notes: Both juniors, they probably are the most heavily recruited pair. Swinney (5-10, 180) has been offered by Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State and others. Weems (5-8, 180) also is among the top 50 recruits among juniors in Georgia, according to 247Sports. Sandy Creek is a balanced offense with all-state candidates at quarterback and receiver.

South Paulding

QB Chandler Burks: 86-870-12

RB Jae Bowen: 115-687-11

Notes: Unlike other quarterbacks on this list, Burks is a passer first with 1,664 yards through the air, but he has rushed for more than 110 yards in five of seven games and scored at least two touchdowns five times. Bowen has scored at least one touchdown in every game and twice has had games of 28 or more rushing attempts. South Paulding is 6-1.

Thomas County Central

QB Adam Choice: 162-1,236-12

RB Deondre Cooksey: 120-876-12

Notes: This is the only pair of backs with more than 2,000 yards rushing between them. Choice, who is committed to Clemson as a running back, is the leading rusher among quarterbacks in the state and has more than 4,000 yards in his career, but the underrated Cooksey has had a nice career of his own. Thomas Central is 7-1.


RB Daryl Dunlap: 119-819-10

RB Dre Towns: 114-659-6

Notes: Dunlap (6-2, 215) is a two-way starter who has committed to San Diego State. Towns gives Troup another threat in Troup’s two-back offense.


RB Nelson Herring: 64-662-6

RB Malcolm Joseph: 79-544-8

Notes: They could be the best pair of running backs in the highest classification. Both rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season. Both are dangerous in the return game. Joseph is committed to Georgia State. Valdosta is 5-2.

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14 comments Add your comment

Todd Holcomb

October 22nd, 2013
9:37 am

We had 10 for the GHSF Daily newsletter this morning, but we got good info on Bremen and Troup today so added them to the list that is now 12. They are certainly deserving.

Todd Holcomb

October 22nd, 2013
9:43 am

And while I won’t keep adding officially to the story above, I’ll post here if I discover other good ones.

For example -

QB Quinn Prather: 710 yards rushing
RB Anthony Bell 1,030 rushing with 13 touchdowns
RB Devante Davis 897 rushing with seven touchdowns

Pretty strong!

Ed Pilcher

October 22nd, 2013
12:08 pm

TCC actually has a QB and 2 pretty good running backs. Shaq Coleman, #36, does a pretty good job as the ‘forgotten’ RB in the TCC Veer. He isn’t as flashy as Choice or Cooksey, and he’s certainly not the feature back, but he’s built like a fire plug, and he’s ripped off quite a few long ones as well when other teams key on Choice and Cooksey. Had a 60-yarder on a straight dive play just the last game against Lee Co., and not one of their players even put a pad on him. He has around 500 yards rushing….actually 492…. and 10 TDs on 72 carries for a 6.6 yard per carry average. Not too shabby for the 3rd option.

Team Tigerblood

October 22nd, 2013
12:17 pm

Archer’s Randy Nails and Daylan Singleton are quite the tandem as well. They fly under the radar, as the whole Archer team does this year. But one or the other (and sometimes both) eats week in and week out.

Ed Pilcher

October 22nd, 2013
12:20 pm

So…..the TCC Veer has produced 2604 yards on 354 carries with 34 TDs between the 3 of them. Not too shabby. I wish I had 3 horses like that at Berrien County. Hell, I wish I had 3 horses like that when I was at Bainbridge. Crap, let’s just call it like it is…..I never should have left Thomas Co. Central.


October 22nd, 2013
12:29 pm

Northsides duo have only played in the 4 th quarter once this year.

Just a Fan

October 22nd, 2013
1:20 pm

Carrollton plays with a fullback,2 wingbacks and of course the QB,fullback has 51 carries with a 9 yd average,The wingbacks have 46 carries for a 9 yd average and 40 carries for an 11 yard average;the qb has 30 carries for a 5 yd average-thats balance! Thats 167 carries total for all 4 backs through 7 games.This does not include passing plays.

Todd Holcomb

October 22nd, 2013
1:33 pm

Just a Fan – Good point on Carrollton. Call this an addendum:

Trey Shivers: 40-442-9
Malik Sheppard: 51-471-8
Notes: They rarely play beyond 2.5 quarters, so they’re total numbers aren’t there yet, but they average 10.1 yards per carry and one touchdown every 5.1 carries. Teammate Jarvis Terrell has 422 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, but these are deadly duos, not terrific trios.


October 22nd, 2013
1:40 pm

@Todd: Not only do “they rarely play beyond 2.5 quarters”, but they have not played a single down in the 4th quarter since the first game of the season at Oxford, AL and they didn’t play the entire game in that one either. All of their numbers could easily be 30-40% higher than what they are currently.



October 23rd, 2013
5:11 pm

Somehow a QB and RB tandem isn’t a “two back attack,” is it? I would think a RB and RB is the only combination that fits that definition even if the QB runs a lot.

Creek Rising!!!

October 23rd, 2013
10:04 pm

I agree with GwinnettDad

Ed Pilcher

October 24th, 2013
7:30 am

Of course a QB who runs more than he passes and a RB is a ‘two back attack…’ Hence the word ‘back’ at the end of their position title. When you run a triple option offense any of the 3 backs is a threat to take it to the house. TCC’s should be known as a 3 back attack offense.


October 24th, 2013
8:24 am

Correction Todd, McEachern is undefeated not 7-1


October 24th, 2013
8:29 am

My bad they lost to north Cobb last week