A former thorn in the side of a local high school power is drawing national recognition.

Christian McCaffrey, who amassed 430 yards of offense and five touchdowns while leading Valor Christian to playoff victories over Pine Creek as a freshman and sophomore in 2010 and 2011, took one of 69 spots on the Doak Walker Award Watch List, it was announced on Thursday.

The Doak Walker Award honors the best collegiate running back in the nation.

McCaffrey, now a sophomore at Stanford, ran for 300 yards last season on just 42 carries, an average of 7.1 yards per attempt. He also caught 17 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns in helping the Cardinal to an 8-5 record.

He averaged 67 yards from scrimmage over the final four games, helping the team to a 3-1 finish.

McCaffrey is the son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, who headlined a charity softball game hosted by the Sky Sox this summer.

It certainly wasn’t only Pine Creek that struggled with McCaffrey. He ran for 1,128 yards and 19 touchdowns in 11 games against local schools, putting Fountain-Fort Carson, Doherty, Palmer, Widefield and Rampart on his list of victims as well. He scored at least one touchdown in all 11 of those games.

He finished his career with 5,335 rushing yards and 141 total touchdowns.

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