By Kenny Hetzler Kokomo Tribune
---- — BUNKER HILL — Maconaquah’s Cody Hicks became the school’s career leading rusher, career scoring leader and holds the single-season rushing record after the Braves took down Taylor 58-20 in Mid-Indiana Conference action at Braves Stadium Friday.
Hicks took care of the single-season rushing record on his second carry from scrimmage as he scampered in 33 yards for a touchdown to put Maconaquah up 7-0 with 9:59 left in the first quarter. The junior runningback would later score on a 77-yard touchdown run to give him the career scoring record. Maconaquah led 21-0 with 4:13 left in the first quarter. Hicks finally got the career rushing record on a 15-yard carry with four minutes left in the first half. He left the game with a standing ovation and the presentation of the football.
“If it wasn’t for the offensive line, I wouldn’t have the yards that I have,” Hicks said. “So if anything it was the whole line. I am very glad that I got [the record].”
Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman is glad to have the star junior.
“Hicks is a special athlete,” Hartman said. “He is a work horse in everything he does in the weight room, and out here on the practice field. He is a very focused young man, and that kind of shows the way he plays the game. He takes everything with the upmost seriousness. He doesn’t take plays off ever. When he is asked to block, he gives everything on that. If he is asked to go out on a route, he is doing the same. If he is asked to run the ball, or lead somebody, he gives total effort in that type of things. He is a very unselfish player that everyone would like to have around.”
Hicks ended the night with seven carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
As for the game, Maconaquah (6-3) finished in third place in the MIC with a 5-2 record. Western and Hamilton Heights were crowned co-champions each with 6-1 records.
Besides Hicks’ two touchdowns, senior K. J. Walton also got into the act with two touchdowns. Walton scored on a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown, and a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior Kyle Dinn. Dinn also completed a touchdown pass to Nathan Robinson for 21 yards.
Cameron Bailey added to Maconaquah’s scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run. Caleb Hunt scored from three yards out, and Stuart Walsh scored from one yard out. The Braves also scored a safety.
Dinn was 7 of 14 for 78 yard with two touchdowns and one interception.
Taylor scored three times, and all three came on touchdown passes from Jordan Lazaro to Darion Stone. The first one was 11 yards, the second was 30 yards and the third was 57 yards. The last two came in the fourth quarter. The Titans (0-9, 0-7 MIC) outscored the Braves 13-0 in the fourth.
“[Stone] did a nice job,” Taylor coach Eric Davis said. “We need to find another receiver that can stretch the field vertically. Once we find another receiver, then we got an opportunity to do some nice things in the passing game, and keep people taking Stone away from us. Lazaro did a nice job of running, and his ball placement was pretty good too, so he had a nice night.”
Lazaro led Taylor with 18 carries for 48 yards, and he was also 15 of 34 for 221 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Stone had 10 receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns.