Casey Hughes of Benedictine is an all around athlete who can do almost anything on a football field.
The sophomore is a strong running back. kick returner, and pass receiver who says he's honored the be the WTOC Player of the Week, "It's a great honor knowing people recognize the hard work you put in during the off season to do something great during the season to help the team out win.:
Hughes was named the WTOC Player of the Week after leading the Cadets to a 33-26 win over Bacon County. The sophomore rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and returned a kickoff in the second quarter right after the Red Raiders had tied the game at 13. "When they scored, they kind of stole the momentum for a minute but when I caught the ball I went up the middle and I could see a hole left so I turned on the burners and went up the sideline," said Hughes. "After you score a touchdown, that's when the crowd is screaming, that's when you get the momentum on your side."
"Casey and all the returners do a good job," said Cadets' coach Danny Britt. "They will kind of let it set up in front of them and when they see it, they hit it. Again, that's what Casey did so well, he saw that hole and he exploded into it."
Hughes added, "You know, you get that feeling when it's just yourself and you run just a little bit more faster so nobody behind you can catch up."
The 6-1 Hughes is still growing and his natural athletic ability will carry him a long way. "God blessed me with a lot of athletic ability and I've got to thank Coach Britt because there's no way I could be where I am now without him pushing me in the weight room and helping me out there on the field."
Britt said of Hughes, "Casey has a lot of athletic ability and he's very fast. Surprisingly fast I think but what makes him even better is when he makes a decision to run he sticks a foot in the ground and goes. His decision is made."
With the score tied once again in the third quarter, Hughes caught a key pass and took it inside the five yard line to set up a touchdown that put the Cadets in front for good. So, what does he like to do the best, run, catch the ball or return kicks. "Actually I like doing all three on the kick return, you catch it, run and see what happens," said Hughes.
The Cadets have this week off before travelling to Lyons to battle Toombs County next week.
Other nominees for player of the week:
Jalen Myrick - Savannah Christian
Rushed for 130 yards and TD, Caught game-winning TD pass, had interception in 21-20 win over Calvary Day
Keynnard Campbell - Bible Baptist
Threw for 455 yards and 7 Touchdowns, ran for 114 yards and TD (plus ran and threw for 2-point conversions) in 60-34 win at Colleton Prep
Javonte Spivey - Savannah High
Threw for 4 touchdowns including TD with 21 seconds left to tie game and then another in OT to beat Johnson 26-20
Tyler Chisholm - Hilton Head Christian
16 carries for 134 yards and Touchdown, and kicked 24-yard field goal in 20-13 win over previously unbeaten Thomas Heyward
Dee Delaney - Whale Branch
Scored 3 touchdowns, punt return, pass reception and scooped up fumble on kickoff and returned for TD in 50-0 win against Branchville
Tyrick Spicer - Whale Branch
Had 16 tackles, five for losses, and forced 2 fumbles in 50-0 win against Branchville
Teron Delaney - Hilton Head Prep
Rushed for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns in 61-0 win over King's Academy