Tupak’s Run to the Record Books


On Friday night, Washington’s Tupak Kpeayeh broke a 26-year-old touchdown record as he ran his way straight to the top of South Dakota high school football history.

Entering Friday’s game against Rapid City Central, Washington senior Tupak Kpeayeh was two touchdowns shy of tying the 11-man career touchdown record held by Vermillion’s Jason Leber. 

“It was a little pressure because like everyone wanted, like my team, they wanted me to break it really bad and I didn’t want to let them down, so coming into the game I was ready,” Kpeayeh said.

Kpeayeh needed just one quarter to do so. With 1:11 on the clock, Kpeayeh darted into the endzone, tying the record with his 61st career touchdown. 

“To tie the record, I kind of forgot about it, so I forgot about it until I heard it and then I was like, ‘Oh, yeah!’ Kpeayeh said. 

Kpeayeh tallied 276 yards in the game and would go on to break the record with his 62nd career touchdown in the second half.

“We’ve all been working hard, we’ve all been practicing, we’ve all been pushing each other to the limit and we come as a team and we broke the record as a team because we play as a team on the field,” Kpeayeh said.

“He’s a special person, more important, he’s a quality kid and you know as a freshman until now, the development in maturity, the team loves him because he is a lovable guy and he does care about the rest of the team,” head coach Chad Stadem said.

But he’s not done yet. With just one game left in the regular season, Kpeayeh’s less than 300 yards away from becoming the state’s all-time leader in career rushing yards.

“I’m looking forward to breaking the yard record. That’s my goal right now so I’m going to be pushing hard during practice so on the field I can see my result,” Kpeayeh said.

Kpeayeh and company wrap up their regular season on Thursday as Washington battles Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 6:00 at Howard Wood Field.

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