CONCORD -- Clayton Valley Charter High football star Joe Protheroe ran and ran -- and he ran some more.
He ran for 3,014 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns in 14 games, breaking arm tackles and school records with mind-numbing ease.
Protheroe averaged 215.3 yards per game and 12.9 yards per carry, helping the Eagles to Diablo Valley Athletic League and North Coast Section Division II titles, and the first section crown in school history.
The season ended with a 27-24 loss to Oakdale in the Division II Northern Regional championship game.
As good as Protheroe was, he deflected the praise, applauding his offensive linemen at every turn.
"I love my teammates," he said. "I believe I wouldn't have been able to do it without them, for sure."
The Eagles ran a double-wing shotgun offense in which Protheroe, who played safety on defense, routinely received snaps from center and followed a wave of pulling blockers before shifting gears in the open field.
He fumbled just once in 234 carries -- an impressive feat considering all the hits he took. Protheroe seemingly was on a mission since coach Tim Murphy asked him for a little bit more over the summer.
"We kind of had this blowout talk, all the coaches and the team, and we told him, 'Look, Joe, if you really want this to go, man ... wherever you go with this, everyone else is going to follow. If you go 80 percent, they're going 80. If you go 100 percent, they're going 100.' "
Protheroe's response changed Eagles history.
"He just turned it on, and he never looked back," Murphy said.
Murphy forecast an NCS championship during the summer, when Protheroe was skeptical.
"I thought it will take a miracle for us to win," said Protheroe, who has offers from Sacramento State and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. "We all thought Coach Murph, he was crazy. We're not going to win NCS, we're not going to even come close, but we actually did it. We're all just really happy."