Alex Cooley's pursuit of the York-Adams Football League's all-time rushing record was a major storyline heading into the 2012 season.

The Eastern York standout began the season needing 1,264 yards to overtake Jeremiah Collins of Littlestown at the top of the leaderboard.

Considering Cooley racked up more than 1,900 yards carrying the ball in 2011, his chances, barring injury, of rising to the No. 1 spot appeared to be excellent.

Cooley not only accomplished the goal, but he needed just five games to do it.

The 5-foot, 8-inch, 190-pound senior eclipsed the previous mark this past Friday night with the greatest game ever produced by a York-Adams running back.

Cooley rushed for a District 3-record 500 yards while scoring eight touchdowns. He carried the ball 26 times for a ridiculous 19.2 yards-per-carry average and boosted his season rushing total to 1,389 yards.

The eight touchdowns gave Cooley 59 for his career. Former West York great Brandon Real holds the career touchdown record with 74.

Real also set the mark for a touchdowns in a season with 51 in 2008.

Cooley, who has 20 TDs so far this year, possesses the power to break tackles and the speed to run away from would-be tacklers. He finished third last spring in the 100-meter dash at the York-Adams Track and Field Championships with a time of 11.11 seconds.

Earlier this season, Cooley broke Jon Witman's career rushing record (3,300 yards) at Eastern. Witman, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State, is an assistant coach for the Golden Knights.

High-scoring week: Cooley's record-setting night, during which his team scored 62 points, was part of a Week 5 scoring splurge around the league.

Eight of the 11 winning teams, and three of the losing teams, scored at least 35 points.

Delone Catholic handed Biglerville its first loss, 43-28, and York Catholic stormed back to defeat Littlestown, 38-35, giving the Fighting Irish a signature victory (one over a perennial contender) that their head coach, Eric Depew, talked about earlier in the season.

West York remained unbeaten with its fifth consecutive victory over a Division I team. The Bulldogs downed York High, 38-21, in the first-ever meeting of the two teams. The league's only other unbeaten team, Bermudian Springs drilled York Suburban, 42-0.

Bermudian, which is allowing a miniscule 4.4 points and 61.8 rushing yards a game, will host Delone Catholic in a key Week 6 Division III game on Friday night. Biglerville will be at York Catholic in a D-III matchup of one-loss teams.

League play begins this week in Division I and Division II. West York was the preseason favorite in Division II, and the Bulldogs have more than lived up to that expectation. Division I, meanwhile, didn't have an overwhelming favorite at the start of the season, and nothing happened in the first five weeks to change that opinion.

Dick VanOlinda covers high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at dvanolin or 505-5407.