Players of the week – Offense

Players of the week – Offense
Players of the week - Offense | Players of the week - Offense

Keylon Hyde
    School:    Union City
    Grade:    Junior
    Height:    5-8
    Weight:    220
    Pos.: Fullback

By the numbers: Though stopped short of the goal line on a game-winning two-point conversion try with 15 seconds left against West Carroll in the Tornadoes’ Class 1A quarterfinal 21-20 playoff loss, UC would surely have never advanced that far without the efforts of the bruising fullback. Hyde rushed for 150 yards and all three UC touchdowns on 29 carries. During one long scoring drive, he pounded the interior of the War Eagles on eight straight carries and did likewise on seven consecutive snaps on another Twister drive. He rushed for 100 yards or more in eight of Union City’s 13 games despite opponents undoubtedly knowing he would get the ball more often than not. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season, and his 1,801 yards represented the second-best season of any running back in the school’s modern era.
Sound bite: “No way that one play should define Keylon’s game or the season,” UC head coach Darren Bowling said of the aforementioned failed conversion. “I’m not sure how else to say it, but he certainly was the biggest reason we were there in the first place. I’m glad I didn’t have time to bet the ranch on the play, or I sure would’ve lost it because I was confident we’d make the one yard. Still, he averaged five yards-per-carry all year long against defenses stacked against him. He was sick all last week, too, but there was no way he was going to miss the game.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Khiry Lewis, UC junior slot, rushed for 98 yards on just nine carries, four of those rushes going for 15 or more yards.

Published in The Messenger 11.23.11

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