Lopez Enters Record Books

Lopez Enters Record Books
Posted on 12/19/2019

Jose Lopez

Jose LopezIn 2016, it was Jaelyn Thompson who broke the record.

In 2017, it was Brady Fox.

In 2018, while still only a junior, Jose Lopez passed both of his former teammates and became the All-Time Leading Rusher for the Middletown Blue Raiders. Then in 2019 with another whole season to go as a senior, Lopez continued to rack up the numbers and stretched his lead to 6,197 yards.

In his four-year high school career, Lopez completed 750 carries and 75 rushing touchdowns. In the 2019 season he was named All League Defensive Back. He is a 2-time Offensive MVP in the Mid-Penn Capital Division, a 3-time All League Running Back, a 1-time All State Running Back and was named the Eastern Pa football.com Player of the Year. It is believed that Jose Lopez is the only high school football player in history to have carried the ball in the opening play of a state final game for three consecutive years as a freshman, a sophomore and a junior.

“The yards and stats don’t mean much to me,” says Lopez. “Mostly what matters is just being able to play with my boys and the bonds we made with each other.”

Anyone close to Jose knows how sincere those words really are. Relationships matter to Jose. Whether it is on the field, in the classroom, or hanging out with his buddies in the LifeSkills class, Jose cares about people. Lopez assists his LifeSkills friends with any help they need. The friendships he has developed with the students run deep. He has made a long term impact on their lives.

The honors continue to roll in for Lopez as results are still being tabulated. His resume is sure to grow as PA football organizations finish handing out awards over the next few months. The other unknown is which football field Lopez will break records on next. “Obviously, I can’t say too much about my future plans and where I go but I do plan to go to college for four years to play football and major in business.”

No matter where Lopez continues his football journey, Middletown will certainly be watching and cheering him on. Best wishes, Jose. May you always bleed blue and gold!

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