Saturday, October 27, 2001

Alexander eyes 3rd consecutive 100-yard game




The Associated Press

        KIRKLAND, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, , the former Boone County High School star, is trying to make up for lost time after spending his rookie season backing up Ricky Watters.

        Alexander has rushed for 176 and 142 yards in his first two starts in place of the injured Watters. That's the highest two-game total ever for the Seahawks.

        When the Seahawks play Miami on Sunday at Husky Stadium, Alexander can become the first back in the team's history to have three consecutive 100-yard games.

        “I think right now I'm at this stage where I want all the plays to be touchdowns,” Alexander said. “I still don't believe that you can't have 20 carries and 20 touchdowns.”

        Without Alexander, the Seahawks wouldn't have rebounded from their 1-2 start to beat Jacksonville and Denver in their past two games.

        “He's been running the ball great,” rookie guard Steve Hutchinson said. “He's been the difference in the last two games. We've been able to control the clock and control the ball.”

        Watters, 12th on the NFL's career rushing list, was knocked out of Seattle's game in Oakland last month with a sprained right shoulder. He will be sidelined up to two months.

        In his place, Alexander has been the workhorse of the Seahawks' offense. He had 31 carries and two touchdowns against Jacksonville, then 33 carries and two TDs against Denver.

        After being selected 19th in the 2000 draft by the Seahawks, Alabama's career rushing leader spent most of his rookie season in the NFL watching Watters.

        The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Alexander ran for 313 yards on 64 carries last year.

        He eclipsed that yardage total in just two starts.

        “The biggest thing is I can kind of go set the tone for everything,” Alexander said. “I can go out and look other players in the eye and say, "You know, I am going to go off today.' Then all of a sudden they see something happen and they say, "Oh, he is, too.' ”

       



Sports Stories
City's Olympic flame doused
DAUGHERTY: Give Vehr perfect 10 for effort
'We're not afraid,' D'backs proclaim
SULLIVAN: Brenly ready to play aces more quickly
Justice gets nod over O'Neill today
Stinnett doesn't feel snakebit by Diamondbacks
More World Series coverage
World Series schedule, TV
Baseball wonders if two teams are goners
Toon Art targets Japan's baseball fans
Options help Miami offense
Paterno milestone won't distract Buckeyes
- Alexander eyes 3rd consecutive 100-yard game
Breeders Cup today
Mighty Ducks 3, Syracuse 1
Kentucky state volleyball tournament
Today's high school events

Lions desperate for first victory
LeBeau pays special attention to secondary
Reds raise prices for premium seats
Cubs here for Opening Day
UC fights Louisville for first
Satterfield makes Denver roster
Basketball scrimmage open
Braggs misses NBA cut again
PREP FOOTBALL PAGE
Cards cruise in regular-season finale
Elder shakes off Oak Hills
Hamilton falls to St. X
Loss to Moeller won't oust Vikes
Anderson whips McNick
Dixie wins playoff tuneup
How Enquirer poll teams fared
Lebanon roars into postseason
Moeller holds off Princeton's rally
New Richmond tops Williamsburg
Badin blanks Madeira
Goshen rallies to defeat Little Miami
Kings tops Turpin
Lakota East downs Mason
Lovell breaks West TD record
Pope powers No. 1 Cowboys
Win puts Holy Cross in playoffs
Woodward wins finale, waits for word
Batavia 27, Clermont NE 7
Bellevue 21, Dayton 8
Boone County 21, Conner 0
Campbell County 21, Ryle 16
Columbus St. Charles 37, Indian Hill 20
Dayton Carroll 28, Lemon-Monroe 0
Edgewood 7, Miamisburg 6
Fairfield 12, Winton Woods 8
Finneytown 17, CHCA 12
Glen Este 35, Amelia 8
Harmony Community 18, Yellow Springs 12 (OT)
Holmes 26, Cov. Catholic 20
Landmark 43, Jacob Center 6
Lloyd 28, Owen Co. 0
Milford 34, Hughes 7
North College Hill 41, Deer Park 16
Reading 47, CCD 16
Ridgemont 21, New Miami 13
Roger Bacon 20, Northwest 7
Ross 41, Norwood 14
Summit Country Day 34, (Jackson Co.) Oak Hill 12
Sycamore 16, Harrison 13
Waverly 14, Mariemont 7
Western Hills 34, Walnut Hills 7
Wilmington 33, Loveland 19
Ohio football scores
Indiana HS Top 10 Fared
Kentucky football scores
Statewide prep football notes