Elijah Hood has accomplished a lot of things in his time at Charlotte Catholic, including becoming the leading rusher in the history of Mecklenburg County.
But sometimes, he surprises even himself.
Friday night, Hood rushed for 351 yards (fifth best in Mecklenburg County history) tying a Mecklenburg County record with six touchdowns on just 19 carries in just more than two and a half quarters of work to lead Catholic to a 49-24 win at Ardrey Kell.
Hood, a University of North Carolina commit, had touchdown runs of 80, 2, 4, 2, 68 and 68 yards to help the Cougars (8-2, 5-0) dominate the game on the ground. They piled up 521 yards rushing on the night as a team.
Hoods performance wasnt even his career best. He had 360 yards (a school record) last season against Olympic.
I just go out and play my game, said Hood, who now has 2,388 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns on the season. But sometimes I do surprise myself. After the game, sometimes I sit back and say Wow, that was pretty special. I really didnt know how many yards I had, but it felt good.
We called off the dogs there. He probably could have had 450 (yards), Catholic coach Jim Oddo said. Hes a very special player. He surprises me every week.
Charlotte Catholic also clinched at least a share of the South Meck 8 conference title. They host Providence, who could tie the Cougars with an upset win, next week.
Catholic got the win in Oddos 500th game Friday night. He has now won 354 games.
I dont keep track of that stuff, Oddo said in his typical humble fashion. I wouldnt even know if people hadnt told me.
Ardrey Kell (5-5, 2-4) scored first when senior Nathan Turnbow found classmate Trey Ellis on a 77-yard touchdown pass to give the Knights a 7-0 lead.
Catholic, meanwhile, started slow with two fumbles inside the Ardrey Kell 10-yard line in the first two quarters.
Hood got his team going when he burst up the middle, jump cut left and ran through two would-be Ardrey Kell tacklers for an 80-yard touchdown run to tie the score with 10:17 left in the second quarter.
The Cougars then took advantage of two Ardrey Kell turnovers, with Catholic senior all-state running back Hood capping each drive with scores.
Hood added his final score of the first half from two yards out with just 34 seconds left to give him 215 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and his team a 28-7 lead at the break.
Hood had only two carries in the second half both were 68-yard touchdown runs before coming out of the game with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
Ardrey Kell was led by Turnbow, who passed for a score and ran for a 9-yard touchdown.
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