BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP - Calvin Cass has priorities.
Cass became the third running back in St. Augustine Prep history to run for 1,000 yards in a season but that's not the number he wanted to talk about following Friday's 40-6 win over Bridgeton.
"That's the more important number," Cass said without hesitation.
Five is how many games the Hermits have played this season. It's also how many games they've won.
"A thousand yards is great and everything but 5-0 is really what I'm most proud of," Cass said. "It's all about team success."
Cass took a handoff from quarterback Alex Hughes late in the third quarter and burst through the left side of the line deep in Bridgeton territory.
He bounced off a defender just past the line of scrimmage and was met by a host of defenders, but not before dragging a tackler for some extra real estate and a 12-yard run.
The run in the third quarter of the Prep's fifth game of the season put Cass over 1,000 yards for the season.
He scored easily from 1 yard out on the next play for the second of his four touchdowns in the game and a 21-6 St. Augustine lead.
Bridgeton, which played well throughout and trailed only 14-6 at halftime, fumbled the ensuing kickoff.
Sophomore running back Robert Coursey scored four plays later from 6 yards out.
Cass iced the game with a 58-yard touchdown less than a minute into the fourth and added a 17-yard touchdown run just three minutes later.
"He's unbelievable," St. Augustine Prep coach Mark Reardon said. "And he's a better kid than he is a player. He's just a really, really good kid and a strong individual that cares about his teammates.
"Everything you want - he is," Reardon said.
Cass has quickly emerged as one of South Jersey's elite backs.
He ran for 192 yards and four scores on 28 carries Friday. He now has 1,097 yards on the season to go along with 22 touchdowns.
"It means a lot," Cass said of the milestone. "Not a lot of people have done it at this school but it's also a testament to my teammates.
"I think it's more of a team accolade than an individual accolade."
St. Augustine's high-tempo offense has proven tough to stop this year.
The Hermits have scored at least 40 points in all of their games and have outscored opponents 221-34.
The Prep spent the entire game in the no-huddle.
"That's our dynamic every week," Reardon said. "We want to hurry up. We're going to run as many plays as we can. We want to wear you down."
Cass takes it easy during the week. Reardon has taken a page out of Villanova coach Andy Talley's book when it comes to Cass.
Reardon said his defense does not tackle Cass during the week, similar to former Villanova standout and longtime NFL player Brian Westbrook.
Westbrook was at Villanova in Reardon's first two seasons as an assistant and would actually wear a yellow jersey to let defenders know to stay away.
Cass doesn't get a special jersey.
"It's not quite that," Reardon said with a smile. "But we do want to be careful with him."
Notes: St. Augustine plays at Buena Regional while the Bulldogs travel to Pleasantville next Friday. Each game starts at 7 p.m. …Dan Flamma (1994) and DeVohn Butler (2004) are the other backs to run for 1,000 yards at St. Augustine. Flamma holds the school record with 1,281 yards.
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