He has already rushed for 1,213 yards this year, and Kasian will likely surpass his 2011 total of 1,247 yards sometime during Friday’s first quarter against Kings Ridge. At his current pace, he will finish the regular season with 2,022 yards and 28 touchdowns.
It is safe to say, Kasian is having a special season. And it’s one of the main reasons Walker is off to the best start in program at 6-0.
“He’s a very good running back,” Wolverines coach John East said. “He’s strong, he’s fast and he’s got good acceleration and lateral movement.”
By the time he leaves the Walker School in May, there is a good chance he could leave as the school’s most decorated male athlete. During the offseason, Kasian is one of the main cogs of the Wolverines’ soccer team and helped lead it to a state championship in 2011. He is also a nationally recognized power lifter and has competed in the U.S. Junior Nationals lifting nearly 500 pounds when combining the clean-and-jerk and snatch – the two competition lifts.
But if you watch him play, it’s obvious Kasian is a football player first.
“He’s hard nosed,” East said.
It’s a main reason Kasian has already earned Class A state honors twice. He’s earned Class A honorable mention twice – first as a defensive back as a freshman after intercepting six passes, and then last year as a running back.
Three times this season, Kasian has run for more than 200 yards – twice for more than 270 – and he is averaging 11.3 yards per carry, despite some of East’s game-planning.
In an effort to help Kasian be noticed by more college scouts, there have been times when East has told him to, “Pound it,” – or in layman’s terms, run it up the middle and run some people over.
“He is a guy that will pound it,” East said. “And he can run to daylight. But I want to provide an opportunity to show what he can do at the next level.
“He’s definitely a candidate for (Class A) All-State First Team.”
East’s plans seem to be working, He said a number of colleges have taken notice of the 5-foot-11, 185 pound Kasian including Navy, The Citadel and Samford among others.
“He’s bigger than people think,” East said. “And he’s very powerful.”
Kasian is responsible for 65 percent of the Wolverines offense and 57 percent of their scoring, but unlike in year’s past when Walker might only have one stand-out player, he is not the only one this year.
Mike Ramsay, a 6-3, 260 pound offensive and defensive lineman has already committed to Duke, and thanks to Ramsay and Kasian, scouts are also taking notice of 6-2, 255 pound offensive and defensive lineman Colin Mitchell.
If everyone stays healthy, there is a good chance Walker could beat King’s Ridge, Whitefield Academy and Mount Paran Christian and be 9-0 with a chance to play Darlington for the region title.
But that’s still too far in the future for East.
“We can’t be satisfied with what we’ve done,” East said. “We are still improving. We can still block better and tackle better. We’re getting better each week.”
With that, he has only two goals he wants Walker to attain.
“Score more points than the other team,” he said. “And win the next game.”
If they keep giving the ball to Kasian, they are already halfway there.
A week closer to the playoffs and it still looking like Cobb County is poised to put 10 teams into the postseason.
However, after last week, there are a few additions, subtractions and teams moving around.
These playoff matchups are based on current region standings, but if teams are tied then a projection is made.
No. 1 McEachern will host Colquitt County with the winner facing either Langston Hughes or Luella in Round 2. West Forsyth, Mill Creek, Milton and Grayson complete the Indians quarter of the bracket.
No. 2 South Cobb would welcome Coffee to Clay Stadium. A win would mean the Eagles either travel to Newnan or host Alcovy. Lassiter, Brookwood, Lambert and North Gwinnett complete their portion of the bracket.
No. 3 North Cobb at Lowndes. A win means the Warriors would either travel to Lovejoy or host East Coweta. Parkview, Etowah, Collins Hill and Johns Creek complete their part of the bracket.
No. 4 Marietta at Camden County. If the Blue Devils beat the No. 1 team in the state, they would travel to either Newton or Tri-Cities. Norcross, Alpharetta, South Gwinnett and Walton complete their quarter of the bracket.
No. 1 Lassiter will host Brookwood. A Trojans win would bring either Lambert or North Gwinnett to Frank Fillmann Stadium in Round 2.
No. 3 Walton will travel to South Gwinnett. A Raiders win would mean a trip to Norcross or a home game against Alpharetta.
No. 2 Allatoona will host Heritage-Conyers. A Buccaneers win would set up a trip to Stephenson or a home game against Forsyth Central. Whitewater, Northside-Columbus, Effingham County and Jones County complete Alla-toona’s part of the bracket.
No. 1 Kell will host Miller Grove. With a win, the Longhorns will host either Flowery Branch or Rome to Cobb Energy/Corky Kell Stadium. Thomas County Central, Mundy’s Mill, Warner Robins and Richmond Hill make up the rest of the Kell’s portion of the bracket.
No. 3 Pope will travel to M.L. King. A Greyhounds win would either send them to East Paulding or have them play host to Clarke-Central. Ware County, Lakeside-Evans, Union Grove and Harris County complete Pope’s part of the bracket.
No. 8 Walker will host First Presbyterian Day. A win would send the Wolverines to Eagle’s Landing Christian or they would host Christian Heritage.
Class A will have two state champions in 2012 – one for the public schools and one for the private. Playoff teams are determined by a power matrix rating system to determine the 16 best teams for each category. The Class A playoffs will begin a week later than the other five classifications.