UCHS running back can’t ‘Hyde’ from Class A All-State honors

UCHS running back can’t ‘Hyde’ from Class A All-State honors
UCHS running back can’t ‘Hyde’ from Class A All-State honors | UCHS running back can’t ‘Hyde’ from Class A All-State honors

Keylon Hyde
Messenger Sports Editor
There was no (Hyde)ing from the fact that Union City’s best player deserved a spot on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State team.
Fullback Keylon Hyde was awarded just that today after rushing for 1,801 yards and 17 touchdowns to lead the Tornadoes to a surprising quarterfinal state playoff run this past fall.
The bruising junior ballcarrier — now with back-to-back seasons of more than 1,200 yards on the ground — was one of just three running backs picked for the TSWA honor and joined four players from Huntingdon and standout Lake County receiver Rafael Tyler on the 1A glitter unit.
Unquestionably the focal point of UC’s midline-veer offense, Hyde accounted for nearly 53 percent of the Twisters’ 3,418 rushing yards during a campaign as the Purple and Gold faced one of the toughest schedules of any single-A school in the state — one that included eventual state champion (1A) Wayne County, 2A state runnerup Dresden and six other playoff teams during the regular season.
The Tornadoes, who overcame widespread injuries and started as many as five freshmen at times, then won a pair of postseason games — including avenging an earlier loss to Lake County — before losing to West Carroll in Round 3 to finish with a 6-7 record.
Hyde was not only productive but durable, too, with an astounding 329 carries, an average of more than 25 per-game.
He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in eight of his team’s 13 contests, twice went over 200 yards, scored two or more TDs five times and was most impressive at the end of the year when he rushed for 596 yards and eight scores in Union City’s three playoff games.
Earlier named the Best Offensive Player in District 14A, Hyde’s selection to the All-State squad was both fitting and well-deserved as far as Tornado head coach Darren Bowling was concerned.
“When I think of All-State caliber players and their value to their teams, Keylon is the type of player who I envision,” Bowling said. “He was obviously a workhorse for us in the style of offense we run, and that he was at his best as the season wore on and against our toughest competition shows he is truly an elite running back.
“It’s true that he’s a ‘banger,’ but he’s also elusive in the open-field. I was so impressed that he was able to handle the workload that he did and did it while running into the teeth of opposing defenses. His work in the weight room in the offseason prepares him for the punishment he takes and I believe enhances his durability. He’s just a throwback and certainly worthy to be picked for the all-state team.”
Hyde now has rushed for 3,171 yards and 30 TDs in his three-year prep career and is well within range of breaking Mario McElrath’s UCHS career rushing record of 3,818 yards heading into his senior campaign in 2012. McElrath, who also holds the school’s career touchdown record (66), piled up his gaudy statistics in just three seasons of play from 1998-2000.
In addition to Hyde and Lake County’s Tyler, Huntingdon Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist Tyler Warbritton; his brother, Jacob; Mustang lineman Colin Pruett; and Huntingdon kicker Ary Alberquerque were named to the Class 1A team. West Carroll linebacker Robert Reynolds was also so-honored.
The double-A squad was also announced today with quarterback Gatlin Hatchel, tight-end Tyler McPeak, offensive lineman Josh Turnbow and linebacker Eric Van Dyke of state runnerup Dresden all chosen for the team. Humboldt was represented by defensive lineman Tevin Bryson, linebacker C.C. Moody, athlete Ryeon Wedley and defensive back Shaquille McCorry.
The Class 3A and 4A teams will be released on Thursday, with the 5A and 6A squads made public on Friday.
A complete list of the 1A and 2A teams can be found on page 15 of today’s sports section.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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Class 1A
QB — Payton Watson (Gordonsville)
QB — Jacob Tucker (Perry County)
QB — Austin Rice (Wayne County)
QB — Cody Hill (Coalfield)
RB — Jajuan Lankford (South Pittsburg)
RB — Jamal Jones (Lookout Valley)
RB — Keylon Hyde (Union City)
WR — Antonio Chubb (South Pittsburg)
WR — Rafael Tyler (Lake County)
TE — Dylan Ragsdale (Clarksville Academy)
OL — Colin Pruett (Huntingdon)
OL — Cody Branham (South Pittsburg)
OL — D.J. Roberson (South Pittsburg)
OL — Boston Ray (Wayne County)
OL — Sheyenne Reeves (Wayne County)
ATH — J.P. Evans (Moore County)
K — Ary Albequerque (Huntingdon)
DL — Tyler Coen (Gordonsville)
DL — Kyle Churchwell (Perry County)
DL — R.J. Brown (Perry County)
DL — Nathan Burkhart (Clarskville Academy)
LB — Coltin Blevins (South Pittsburg)
LB — Nathan Jernigan (Eagleville)
LB — Robert Reynolds (West Carroll)
LB — Wesley Bland (Columbia Academy)
LB — Daniel Miller (Clarksville Academy)
DB — Tyler Warbritton (Huntingdon)
DB — Jacob Warbritton (Huntingdon)
DB — Demetric Johnson (South Pittsburg)
DB — Brandon Adkins (Jo Byrns)
DB — Anthony Wilkins (Coalfield)
DB — Hogan Goodson (Greenback)
DB — Peyton Mathis (Wayne County)
P — Carter Salyers (Clarksville Academy)
COACH: Rick Rice (Wayne County)
Class 2A
QB — Gatlin Hatchell (Dresden)
QB — Garrett Miller (Oliver Springs)
RB — Chase Reed (Boyd-Buchanan)
RB — Phillip Waters (Hampton)
RB — Jordan Romero (Oliver Springs)
WR — Jake Minga (Grace Christian)
WR — Randy Chambers (Wooddale)
WR — Zack James (Community)
TE — Tyler McPeak (Dresden)
OL — Preston Morris (Grace Christian)
OL — Eli Perryman (Forrest)
OL — Conner Gaines (Friendship Christian)
OL — Josh Turnbow (Dresden)
OL — Jesse King (Oneida)
ATH — Ryeon Wedley (Humboldt)
ATH — Devon Turczyn (Trousdale County)
ATH — Joseph Walker (White House Heritage)
K — Douglas Manning (Oneida)
DL — Jordan Holder (Trousdale)
DL — Christian Steward (Grace Christian)
DL — Tevin Bryson (Humboldt)
DL — Mitchell Lester (Friendship Christian)
DL — Trevor Allen (Oneida)
LB — C.C. Moody (Humboldt)
LB — Eric Van Dyke (Dresden)
LB — Zach Britton (North Greene)
LB — Kyle Wood (Friendship Christian)
LB — Seth Jowers (Scotts Hill)
LB — Austin Lees (Community)
DB — Kyle Thomas (Boyd-Buchanan)
DB — Shaquille McCorry (Humboldt)
DB — Cordorez Jackson (Westwood)
DB — Jordan Harper (Trousdale County)
DB — Dalton Peterson (Friendship Christian)
DB — Will McKamey (Grace Christian)
P — Quinn Frost (Community)
COACH: John McNeal (Friendship Christian)
Published in The Messenger 12.21.11

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