Tyler Mellors rewrites Mt. Pleasant Area record book
Mt. Pleasant Area senior running back Tyler Mellors recently concluded his high school career as the owner of six school gridiron records.
“It's such an honor to have them all, but I couldn't have done it without the offensive lines I've had over the years,” Mellors said.
Standing at 5 feet, 8 inches and weighing 175 pounds, Mellors wasn't the biggest running back to come through the Vikings vaunted football program.
However, the diminutive spark plug used his size to his advantage, hiding behind his lineman to pick up big gains over his four years toting the rock.
Mellors broke the school mark for rushing yards in a season with 1,738 yards on the ground. The total surpassed the previous record held by Doug Adamrovich of 1,626 yards.
Mellors also broke the Vikings' all-time record for career rushing yards with 4,179 yards. That mark was previously held by Bob Gorinski with 3,350 yards.
Other school records Mellors broke included:
• Touchdowns in a season — 27 (previously held by Adamrovich — 22)
• Touchdowns in a career — 67 (previously held by Gorinski — 54)
• Points scored in a season — 176 (previously held by Adamrovich — 132)
• Points scored in a career — 437 (previously held by Gorinski — 325).
“I would love to play college ball; I'm just not sure if I'd choose baseball or football yet,” Mellors said. “I'm really talking to Seton Hill for football, and a lot of schools for baseball.”
Mellors said he would want to major in the medical field at the collegiate level, but choosing what sport he will play won't be easy.
“It (depends on) where I can get the better education, and still play college ball with an athletic scholarship,” he said.
The WPIAL has been in existence for 107 years now, and Mellors is one of only 58 league players to rush for 4,000 yards during their high school careers.
“I would like to thank my parents, my brother, my teammates, my coaches and my girlfriend, Chelsea; they all played a huge part in my success,” he said.
John Poole is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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