Juneau-Douglas senior Tres Saldivar earned national recognition for his record-breaking performance during the Crimson Bears' 49-29 state championship victory over Palmer on Oct. 22
USA Today named Saldivar its national prep player of the week on Monday for his monstrous performance against the Moose. Saldivar rushed for a state-championship record 351 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.
"It just means we have a good program and the line did a good job," Salidvar said.
Saldivar broke the previous record of 283 yards set by Service's Dominique Maddox in 1999.
"The great holes made by our offensive line and the great down-field blocking by the wide receivers made it simpler for me," Saldivar said. "All you just have to do is run."
Saldivar ended the season as Alaska's top rusher. The senior gained a state-high 1,491 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns on 174 carries. He gained an average of 8.6 yards every time he touched the ball.
"He could change directions without changing speed, which is a real significant talent." JDHS coach Bill Chalmers said.
Saldivar carried the ball 28 times last season before becoming an offensive force in 2005
Given the opportunity to play this season, Saldivar became a breakaway threat and a rugged runner in between tackles for the Crimson Bears.
"He would come in my office at school and ask, 'Can we have more film time, and how can we get better,'" Chalmers said. "He was so focused."
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