The name Aaron Austin may not ring a bell to most Indiana high school football fans. Some may remember his father Burt Austin who was a star running back for the Flashes in the 1980s and currently holds the head coaching position at Franklin Central. It was 1982 when father Austin set the school’s single game rushing record with 242 yards. Upon attending Franklin Central, Aaron Austin was destined to be a running back for the Flashes and it has always been a goal to break his dad’s record. The 5’9 180 pound junior running back said even though his goal was to break the record, he still approaches each game with a business as usual mentality. “Each game I try to make sure that I don’t take any plays off and that I do my part for the team to be successful. Because if I do take a play off it could be the one that decides the game” Austin said. On September 6th, the stars aligned and Aaron Austin erased his father’s name from the record books. Austin shattered the previous record by 93 yards, finishing the game with 334 yards rushing and added 4 touchdowns. “It was a great feeling” noted Austin and that a true sense of achievement has been reached.
The junior running back has amassed 658 yards on 80 carries with 11 touchdowns. He’s done this in just his first 3 games of the season, giving Austin a 220 yard game average, with an 8 yard average per carry. This type of performance should keep defensive coordinators up at night on how they will try to stop Austin. Easier said than done. This Friday the Flashes welcome a winless Columbus North Bulldog team and a defense that has allowed 5 rushers to gain over a 100 yards in their first 3 games. The stage is set once again for Aaron Austin to just run.
Franklin Central Flashes
Class of 2015