KIRKLAND - Mario Gobbato's high school football career ended in record-breaking fashion.
Gobbato rushed for 480 yards and six touchdowns on 57 carries to set two Washington state records in a 50-20 non-playoff crossover win at Cedar Park Christian on Friday, Nov. 2, at Juanita High School.
Gobbato's 480 yards broke the state single-game record by 9 yards previously held by Danny Wilm of Steilacoom (2003) and Easton Johnson of Hazen (2005), who each finished with 471 yards.
"It was pretty cool to get it for all the guys and the team," Gobbato said in a phone interview. "It was a lot of fun. It hasn't really set in."
The Borderites' dynamic running back also unofficially set a single-season rushing record with 2,821 yards. The previous record was held by Jordan Todd of Interlake who rushed for 2,681 yards in 2011.
Blaine coach Jay Dodd said Gobbato broke the single-season rushing record sometime in the fourth quarter when the game was still a three-score contest.
"We were letting our seniors play one last time," Dodd said.
Gobbato's big game came a year after he nearly broke the single-season rushing record but came up 12 yards short. Gobbato rushed for 2,669 yards in 2011.
"We didn't want to come up short again," Gobbato said. "It was a good way to go out. I am definitely going to miss it."
Shelton's Ralph Kinne entered Friday's games with 2,206 yards, but is more than 600 yards behind Gobbato after his record-breaking effort in the Borderites' season finale.
Gobbato's career rushing totals of 5,958 yards would put him fifth all-time in Washington history in career rushing yards.
For Blaine (7-4), the win was also a way for the team to end the season on a high after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Meridian on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in a Class 1A Northwest District mini playoff game in the final seconds.
"They were able to pull it together," Dodd said. "To get a record on top of that was icing on the cake."