CALUMET TWP. | Kobe Fowler didn't eat a bowl of Wheaties last Friday morning for breakfast. The senior running back at Calumet woke up a little late and rushed to school. It wouldn't be the last rushing he'd do on that day.
"I had a school breakfast, a cereal bar," Fowler said.
This less-than-commercial morning snack turned out to be the Breakfast of Champions, though. And what Fowler did at Lake Station later that night was worthy of putting his smiling mug on a box of Wheaties.
He carried the ball 44 times at Lake Station. He gained 392 yards. He had five touchdowns as his Warriors came back to beat the Eagles 38-26.
And no, that is not a typo. Fowler rushed for 392 yards in one game.
"I didn't know how many yards I had during the game," Fowler said. "But a friend of mine found out and sent me a text while I was on the bus riding back to the school."
Calumet coach Ivan Zimmer didn't know anything about the insane digits until he got back to the school. He got a message from Calumet's stat person that confirmed the history.
"Oh wow, pretty impressive," Zimmer said. "He made me happy because he told me I taught him something when he was a freshman."
Zimmer is sure the 392 is a Calumet school record, but hasn't been able to nail down where Fowler's feat fits on any state record sheet. Why? Because there isn't one.
The IHSAA has a list of career and season stats on its website. The Indiana Football Coaches Association also has a list of career and season records. But the single-game records outside of state championship games is much tougher to find and verify. If someone from Gas City, Indiana said Tubby McGillicutty rushed for 956 yards back in 1922 who could say no? Or yes?
Jason Wille of the IHSAA said no complete list exists for single-game rushing records, but said North Central-Farmersburg's Chase VanSchoyck's 562 yards and seven touchdowns in his team's 71-50 win over Eastern Greene in 2013 was another big night recently.
Records like this are starting to become a "Modern Era" thing. Recently, Matewan High School's Paul McCoy set the national record with 661 yards and 10 TDs in West Virginia, according to MaxPreps.
Wille did not confirm that the state's leading tackler last Friday had three tackles on the night, but it seems like that was the case.
While Zimmer is trying to see where Fowler's numbers fit on a state slate, Kobe was just happy about one record he broke.
"When I heard about it on the bus I thought, 'That's crazy,'" Fowler said. "I was just glad I did better than what my brother did."
Sibling rivalry at it's finest. Noah Fowler, Kobe's older brother, rushed for 290 yards his sophomore year against North Newton.
Unlike some records that are broken in extreme mismatches, Calumet trailed Lake Station 13-0 in the first quarter. It was a fight for sure. And with Fowler also playing defense there wasn't much time for a breather.
"If we were up 70-0, Kobe wouldn't have been out there," Zimmer said. "I have too much respect for the game and the guys on the other side. He did this in a competitive matchup and that makes it even more impressive."
All Fowler needed was 8 yards to break 400, which is a number rarely seen by a prep back in a single game. Fowler does remember a few runs where the Eagles stopped him in the backfield, and one was for several yards. If only he had known.
"If I hadn't gotten stopped maybe I could've got to 400," Fowler said. "Wow."
No, wow anyways. This is the biggest number I've ever seen in my years here and I wonder if anyone in "Da Region" has ever topped it, or is this the best we've ever seen? It would be great if the decades of history could be found easily, wouldn't it?
Kobe, smile and have a cereal bar. And get ready for the Whiting Oilers.