Although his team lost in the 3AA championship game, Saturday night marked the end of historic season for Elijah Hood
. Hood finished the year with 278 carries for 3,314 yards (11.9 yards per carry) and 48 touchdowns.
The loss was tough for Hood, but he is not discouraged.
"Unfortunately, we kind of had a sour ending, but it's OK," said Hood, who carried the ball 34 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. "I'm just going to try to grow from this season and continue to become a better football player because I know I can get better."
"Obviously, they keyed really hard on me. I just kind of took that as a complement, but I still wanted to do more than I did out there. I'm just going to keep going hard every play."
While Hood had a great season, he quickly credited Cougars' senior players for the team's success.
"I'm going to miss them a ton," he said. "They were the leaders of the team and they got us this far. It's just a testament to them with what were able to do this season."
After rushing for over 1,900 yards and 34 touchdowns as a sophomore, Hood admitted he did not expect what happened this fall.
"I think I had a great year, I broke all the county records" said the 6-foot-1, 215-running back. "I thought I was going to have a problem trying to top last year."
With the season over, Hood will turn his focus to recruiting.
"Clemson, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and few more schools are standing out," said Hood.
"I'm going to take a break for a little while and then I'm going to focus on recruiting. I'm going try to narrow it down to 7 or 10 schools."
Update : Hood was offered by Notre Dame on Monday and Ohio State on Tuesday.
Winston Salem, N.C. – Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic running back Elijah Hood had a big sophomore season. However, the junior took his game to a new level this season and led his team all the way to the 3AA state title game.
Winston Salem, N.C. – Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic running back Elijah Hood...