Washington’s Daniels voted the WDN Offensive Player of the Year

Published 12:31 am Wednesday, January 16, 2008

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
It started and ended with a bang.
Washington senior Travis Daniels set some lofty goals prior to the start of the 2007 football season. The Pam Pack running back wanted to run for over 2,000 yards and score 25 touchdowns.
Using some powerful bursts and breakaway speed, Daniels came darned close to matching those figures. While helping the Pam Pack finish with an 8-4 record, Daniels erupted for 2,290 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.
The Pam Pack wouldn’t have done what it did, winning the Class 3-A portion of the Coastal Conference and advancing to the state playoffs, had it not been for Daniels.
Because of his impressive season, Daniels was voted the WDN Offensive Player of the Year.
Washington head coach Sport Sawyer said Daniels, who was also named the Coastal Conference Player of the Year, was deserving of the honor.
Daniels started his senior season in impressive fashion. He ran for 330 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-13 win over North Pitt.
Daniels followed with several more big games. He ran for at least 113 yards in all 12 games, eclipsing the 200-yard mark four times and the 300-yard mark twice.
Daniels also scored at least one touchdown in 11 of the 12 games.
Daniels capped his season with 327 yards and three touchdowns, coming in a 41-40 double-overtime loss to South Granville in the state playoffs. The last carry of Daniels’ high school career went for a touchdown.
Daniels, who was also a standout at defensive back, isn’t about to hang up the cleats. He’s hoping to play at Appalachian State next year.
Daniels, who will run track in the spring to help with his quickness on the football field, finished his career at Washington with 5,168 yards rushing and 57 touchdowns.
His prep football days are over, but Daniels said he won’t soon forget them.
(Career stats)
125 yards and 2 touchdowns as a freshman
1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore
1,553 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior
2,290 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior
Career totals 5,168 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns
(Season stats)
Game 1: 20 carries for 330 yards and 4 TDs
Game 2: 26 carries for 164 yards and 2 TDs
Game 3: 22 carries for 132 yards and a TD
Game 4: 18 carries for 205 yards and 3 TDs
Game 5: 17 carries for 158 yards and 2 TDs
Game 6: 22 carries for 235 yards and 2 TDs
Game 7: 28 carries for 114 yards and a TD
Game 8: 19 carries for 113 yards and a TD; 1 catch for 3 yards
Game 9: 19 carries for 119 yards
Game 10: 15 carries for 121 yards and a TD
Game 11: 19 carries for 272 yards and 2 TDs
Game 12: 33 carries for 327 yards and 3 TDs
TOTAL: 258 carries for 2,290 yards and 22 TDs; 1 catch for 3 yards