MORE football: All six Foothill League teams mentioned in CIF polls“Explosiveness,” Gutierrez said. “If you’ve met Brian, he’s not a small guy (5 feet, 9 inches, 195 pounds). He’s just got a great elusiveness about him. He’s tough to tackle.” So, too, is Arellano, who’s rushed for 479 yards on 87 carries in Canyon’s 4-1 preleague season. Devereaux and Arellano are fourth and fifth on the Foothill League’s rushing yards leader board. Haynes, a junior, is first. In his inaugural varsity season, the 5-9, 190-pound back has carried the ball 94 times for 629 yards. He’s on pace for 1,258. That would make him the 26th Foothill League running back to break the 1,000-yard mark since 2004, and the first since 2014. 2015 was the only time in the last 12 seasons that no league running back reached four digits. But Haynes’ production in Valencia’s third game has him pointed in that direction. He ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of Newbury Park. Since then he’s run for 106 and 105 yards, respectively. Quarterback Aaron Thomas has been most impressed with Haynes’ ability to slip through holes in the line, bounce off tacklers and get upfield. “He not only has speed and agility to make moves,” Thomas said, “but if he has to run someone over, he will.” The combination of power and speed is also what strikes West Ranch’s Hunter Anderson about Rice. Anderson, a wide receiver/defensive back, says tackling his teammate can be an unwelcome task at practice. “He’s quick, but he’s also like a little tank,” Anderson said. “He’s so firm and small. … He’s like a tank and a Ferrari.” Rice missed West Ranch’s first game, a 28-26 loss at Simi Valley, due to an ankle injury. But he returned to run for 170 yards against Pasadena and 167 yards against Thousand Oaks, both wins. He said Tuesday the ankle was roughly 70 percent healthy during those games. West Ranch’s bye last week, he said, has him closer to 100 percent. After catching four passes for 99 yards last year, Rice has run for 536 yards in 2016, putting him on pace for 1,206. He’d be the first Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards since Mark Collins in 2012. Maduike could be Golden Valley’s first 1,000-yard runner since Earl Johnson in 2011. Like Johnson, Maduike had to wait his turn. Johnson rushed for 698 yards on 114 carries his junior year as then-Grizzly Jeff Coprich owned the headlines. Coprich then transferred to West Ranch, and Johnson blossomed, carrying 187 times for a league-leading 1,393 yards as a senior. Maduike now has his opportunity. He backed up then-senior Jesse Camacho last season, but has come into his own this year. He’s carried the ball 76 times for 581 yards and is on pace for 1,162. The difference this year, Grizzlies coach Dan Kelley said, has been opportunity and maturity. “I believe he’s right where he should be as a senior,” Kelley said. “There’s a big difference between a junior running back and a senior back. Last year he was coming in from the JV team to varsity. Now he has one year of varsity under his belt.” The sentiment holds true for all four of these fresh faces at running back: What a difference a year can make.