TORRINGTON – Coming into his freshman season, Bryan Lemmon looked up to then Torrington High School senior Skyler Miller as a role model. He saw what Miller accomplished in 2015 and wanted to do the same.
That season, Miller set Torrington’s career rushing record with 3,002 yards and also set the single season record with 1,657 yards.
“I saw him making those records and I set a goal to be like Skyler and break those records,” Lemmon said.
Three years later, Lemmon has officially topped what his role model once did.
He found out Monday he surpassed Miller’s mark, rushing with 3,327 yards and counting following the last Friday’s 51-0 win over the Riverton Wolverines.
“It was a big deal,” he said when he learned of breaking the record. “I came into the season knowing that was my goal.”
Despite learning the news this week, he actually broke the record back on Sept. 21 on the road in a 41-7 victory over Lander Valley.
In that game, he rushed for 115 yards, pushing his career total to 3,046 yards.
“This is accumulation of three seasons. It just shows you how talented he is to be able to come in as a sophomore,” THS coach Mark Lenhardt said. “He’s one of those rare kids. You don’t get them very often. We’ve been fortunate to have some kids like that come through in the last five or six years whether it’s him or Logan (Harris) or Skyler. I can’t speak enough to what he’s meant to us.”
Although, the achievement hasn’t come easy with defenses week in and week out loading up the box trying to slow down Lemmon with little to no success.
“It’s about playing my role and having the faith in everyone else that they will do their jobs,” he said. “I’ve been playing with these guys since I was a third grader. I know what they are going to do and that they will stay sharp.”
Lenhardt echoed those thoughts.
“It’s a combination of things,” he said. “He’s got some good teammates that can take some of the pressure off him, so they can’t solely focus on him. Plus, Bryan is an extremely completive person. He holds himself to a high standard and expectations of what his goals are.
“If he can stay healthy, I think he’s got a chance to break the single season record,” Lenhardt added.
Through six games this season, Lemmon has rushed for 1,032 yards, leaving him 625 yards shy of Miller’s single season record.
“The talent has always been there, but his maturity has blossomed as he’s gotten older,” Lenhardt said.
Even though Lemmon’s eyeing one more school record in 2018, he hasn’t lost sight of the ultimate goal this season – hoisting the 3A State Championship trophy above his head at War Memorial Stadium in November.
“I’m going to strive for it, but I’m also going to play for the team and get that state championship.”