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Breakout backs: Ridgewood's Chris Melton

No one was happier for the season to begin than Ridgewood's Chris Melton. The senior was starting for the first time as the replacement for Glass Wilson, a star running back now at Presbyterian.

Better still, it was the first time Melton was appearing in a varsity game. Last season, he transferred from Pinellas Park and had to sit out because he was academically ineligible.

"Chris was patient and put in the work," coach Jay Fulmer said.

Melton (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) made up for lost time. In his varsity debut, he rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-34 win over Weeki Wachee. His rushing total after Week 1 ranks second in the state.

"I don't know if it will be like that every week," Fulmer said. "We were taking what the defense was giving us. But it was a great start. Chris is a little different from Glass. Chris wants to get in the open field and turn on the afterburners. He can be physical but that's not what he's looking to do first. That was more what Glass wanted to do."