Bijan Robinson

Another week, another record for Salpointe Catholic senior running back Bijan Robinson. This time, the record is state-wide instead of regional. 

In a 58-13 win over Sahuaro, Robinson broke the Arizona Class 4A, 5A and 6A all-time rushing record and passed former Tolleson Marcus Thomas who rushed for 5,878 yards from 2000-02. The 6A record is held by former Chandler running back DeCarlos Brooks (3,863) and the 5A rushing career mark is set by Amphitheater legend Mario Bates (2,740). 

Robinson needed 85 yards heading into Friday’s matchup to set the record. All he needed was two quarters. Salpointe Catholic head coach Dennis Bene called timeout one Robinson set the record and the running back was honored with the game ball along with a brief break to celebrate with coaches and teammates. 

Last week, the Texas Longhorns commit passed former Canyon del Oro Arizona Wildcats standout Ka’Deem Carey for Southern Arizona’s rushing record. 

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Robinson finished the night with 133 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground as well as a 40-yard touchdown reception. Robinson finished with 206 yards of total offense in the win. Robinson now has 5,927 career yards. 

The only two players in Arizona high school football history who have more rushing yards than Robinson are ex-Northwest Christian running back Casey Jahn who is the 2A and state record holder with 7,544, and Brandon Long who is the top 3A rusher of all time with 6,750. 

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.