It was hot on Friday night in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Like 95 degrees hot. The humidity reportedly forced a number of Mount Juliet Christian Academy and Lynnville (Tenn.) Richland football players to the sidelines in favor of subs.
MJCA running back Darius Hylick required no such rest. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound sophomore rushed for school records of 371 yards and eight touchdowns on 28 carries. For those of you without an abacus at home, that’s 13.25 yards per carry — much of which came after contact on bruising runs right up the middle of Richland’s defense.
On his third touchdown, Hylick all but dragged four defenders into the end zone in a remarkable show of strength. He logged five TDs by halftime. Two more of his scores were plunges through an entire defense stacked against him.
Following his team’s 53-28 win, in which Hylick out-gained Richland’s entire offense by more than 100 yards, MJCA coach Dan Davis summed up the sophomore’s night to the local Lebanon Democrat: “That’s how you play football.”
Add a 15-yard reception, and Hylick — whose combination of speed and power made him a talented hurdler and shot putter in middle school — finished the evening with 386 yards on 29 touches. Not a bad day’s work for a sophomore.
Yup, Darius Hylick is as hot as a late-summer’s night in Middle Tennessee.