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Brock showcases talent with TD run in Polynesian Bowl

January 19, 2019 19 JAN - PHOTO BY STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Team Makai running back and 4-star Iowa State recruit Jirehl Brock of Illinois (21) is stopped at the line by Team Mauka linebacker and 3-star Washington recruit Alphonzo Tuputala of Federal Way (32) during first half of the Polynesian Bowl played on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Hawaiian Financial Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 12:40 am Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 12:44 am

Jirehl Brock made it all worthwhile for the Quincy High School football fans who stayed awake well past midnight Saturday night and were tuned in to the Polynesian Bowl.

That really shouldn't come as a surprise, considering how many Friday nights he's done that throughout his career.

The all-state running back and Iowa State signee put a cap on Team Makai's 27-7 victory in the all-star game with a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at Aloha Stadium. He took a handoff from Washington State commit Gunner Cruz running toward the right sideline, turned the corner, used a burst of speed to get to the second level, ran through an arm tackle and nimbly stayed inbounds to glide into the end zone.

It was a showcase of speed, power and agility -- all the things that made Brock such a coveted recruit.

Listed as a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com, Brock is considered one of the 12 best running backs in the Class of 2019. Several of those ahead of him in the rankings, including Trey Sanders, the No. 1 running back in the nation who has signed with Alabama, also participated in the Polynesian Bowl.

Brock showed he belongs in that class.

His first carry came late in the first quarter with a run off left tackle in which he broke two tackles and had to be stopped by two other defenders. In the second half, he had a carry again to the left side in which officials blew the play dead before Brock could be dragged to the ground despite running into a handful of defenders.

Then his touchdown run was tagged as one of the top five plays of the game by USA Today High School Sports reporter Logan Newman. Brock's run -- and his dance moves -- appeared in the official highlight video the Polynesian Bowl posted to YouTube and on social media.

His performance further excited an Iowa State fanbase anxious for him to join the Cyclones. That takes place in June after he graduates from QHS and heads to Ames, Iowa, to take part in the offseason conditioning program and prepare himself for fall camp.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Brock is expected to be in the mix to replace David Montgomery, Iowa State's leading rusher who declared for the NFL Draft after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Runs like the one he had Saturday night -- the 4-yard hard-churning run should be as impressive to coaches as his scoring jaunt -- will earn him playing time at Iowa State.

And they will take him places he can only dream of going.

His talent, work ethic and dedication have already taken him to paradise. While there, Brock took advantage of the opportunity to make himself better and improve his stock.

Before leaving Hawaii for his flight home, Brock tweeted, "The experience I had this past week is one I'll never forget."

No one around here is going to forget all he's accomplished. They look forward to seeing what his bright future has in store.