Saguaro running back D.J. Foster became the first Arizona football player to ever rush for more than 500 yards on Friday.
Foster had 20 carries for 508 yards and 10 total touchdowns in Saguaro's 81-48 victory over Peoria Sunrise Mountain in the first round of the Division III state tournament at Saguaro, according to Sabercats assistant coach Frank Ruben. Foster had seven rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores.
The previous single-game rushing record was 477 yards, set by Ozzie Anaya of Elfrida Valley Union in 1985. Lake Havasu's Brent Michaels ran for 470 against Avondale Aga Fria in 2007. Desert Ridge running back Joey Counts set a Division I/5A single-game record with 411 rushing yards earlier this season.
The 10 touchdowns ties the state record set by Vincent Alvarado of Seligman against Canyon State in 2004. The previous 4A/Division III record was eight, which was done by Santos Olague of Tucson Sabino in 1998 and tied by C.R. Davis of Phoenix Moon Valley of Phoenix Washington in 2000.
Foster has 51 touchdowns on the season, which ties the state record set by Nathan Wize of Tucson Sabino in 1997. Foster will have a shot to pass Wize next week when No. 5 Saguaro travels to play No. 4 Queen Creek in the Division III quarterfinals.