(WBNG Binghamton) Much like a team's success starting with the ground game, we award our first baked potatoes to the young men carrying the rock with our top running backs of 2012.
While some teams have gone to a more pass happy attack in high school, others prefer to grind it out on the ground.
The Maine-Endwell Spartans are one such team.
And while they have several running backs, the play of senior Justin Jacoby stood out.
Jacoby led the Spartans with 950 yards on the ground, averaging 10 yards per carry.
He rushed for 17 touchdowns and added one more receiving touchdown on the season.
Another running back who put up astonishing stats was Binghamton's Amman Weaver.
In 9 games, Weaver ran for 960 yards including a career high 241 yards and 6 touchdowns in a sectional playoff game against Ithaca.
The junior scored 14 touchdowns on the ground and one more through the air, while averaging over 8 yards per carry.
He may not have been the most flashy this season, but may have been the most important.
After missing the teams first game of the year, a loss, Mason Dean came back to lead his team in rushing and to their first winning season in 27 years.
For the year, Dean ran for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He also caught a touchdown and threw for another.
The Union-Endicott Tigers used a multi-back attack, the Class "A" running back of the year was the one counted on to pick up the tough yards when needed.
Dan Davis averaged 6 and a half yards a carry, while gaining 460 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns.
Two of those came in the sectional title game against Vestal, where he was named the MVP.
Sidney Warriors senior Nate McDonald had nearly a quarter of the team's carries, and he didn't disappoint.
He averaged 97 yards per game on the ground, and scored 8 touchdowns to help Sidney to a 6 and 3 overall record.