There’s been no stopping White County junior running back, Malaki Dowell, throughout the 2021 high school football season. That did not change Thursday night, in the Warriors’ season finale at home against Sequatchie County. Dowell went over 2,000 yards rushing for the season, as the Warriors routed the visiting Indians, 49-7, to close out a 5-5 campaign.
Dowell finished the season with 2,037 total yards on 191 carries – an average of a head-spinning 10.6 yards per carry – and he scored 22 rushing touchdowns. His rushing total is believed to be the all-time school record. Even more remarkable, Dowell missed one game during the season, so he actually achieved the feat in only nine games.
Dowell posted on Twitter, Friday night, after reaching the prestigious milestone, “Thank you to my teammates and everyone who has supported us this season. Couldn’t have done any of this without y’all. #2,000”
The Warriors missed the playoffs in an extremely tough, seven-team Region 5-5A, which features two current top ten ranked teams in the State (Green Hill #2, Station Camp #10) and another (Mt. Juliet) who has been ranked at times during the season. The preseason pick by many to win the Region, Hillsboro, is still not a sure bet to make the playoffs entering the final week of the regular season. White County played toe-to-toe with most every Region opponent, with many of their games coming down to the final minutes.