Isaac Wallace lost count.
When the Ralston running back thought he had scored six times in last week’s game, he was two off.
Wallace had eight touchdowns, believed to be the most in 11-man football in the state since 1956, in the Rams’ 70-41 win at Omaha Roncalli. His 406 yards on 23 carries are a Class B record.
“It didn’t really feel like I ran that far or scored that many touchdowns,” Wallace said. “I was in the zone. Everything felt right. The blocks were good. I couldn’t have gotten anywhere without this group of offensive linemen we have.”
Wallace, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, has scored 28 touchdowns this season and 41 in his career. He’s rushed for 1,883 yards this season. All are school records, and he is the school’s career rushing leader with 3,642 yards entering Friday’s 7 p.m. home game for the Class B No. 3 Rams (8-1) against No. 7 Elkhorn (6-3).
Ralston coach Tyler Zahn said he kept Wallace in the game last week because Roncalli continued to score. The Rams’ only 35-point lead, which starts running-clock timing, was in the fourth quarter after Wallace’s final touchdown.
“It was kind of a surreal night,” Zahn said. “Every time we gave it to him, he got 20 or 30, 60 or 70 yards. We knew he was having a special night.”
Wallace was a 1,000-yard rusher as a junior, before shedding “about 30 pounds” to gain quickness.
“He’s a kid who has worked hard at identifying things he needs to work on, from his hands to his ability to get the tough yards inside,” Zahn said. “He’s certainly shown he’s a very capable back and a multi-faceted one.”
South Dakota State is tops on Wallace’s list of colleges, and he has an offer from the Jackrabbits. South Dakota and North Dakota also are recruiting him, Zahn said, with Nebraska considering him as a walk-on.
“I like their program,’’ said Wallace, who carries at 3.96 GPA. “If I want to major in pre-med or biology, (leading rusher) Zach Zenner is doing the same thing and that’s exciting to me.”
Wallace, whose parents are Michael and Paula Wallace, has lived in Japan, Mississippi and Virginia during his father’s military career. He spent fourth grade in the Ralston area and played youth football with Josh Krzemien and John Fletcher, who are now Ralston’s quarterback and fullback, respectively.
The Wallaces returned to the area, and Isaac has spent his high school career at Ralston.
He’s been a record-breaker this season while even taking on more of a load by starting at outside linebacker. Middle school, he said, was the last time he had been on defense.
“It’s different,’’ he said. “I have to think a lot more on defense.”