ST. LOUIS – Nothing could prevent Brandon Kendrick from smiling on Friday night.
His grin didn’t shrink when he learned he failed to reach fifth in Hickman’s record books for the most rushing yards in a single season. He fell 19 yards short.
The senior running back was content finishing sixth, because his team finished first.
Going into the season, Kendrick set a goal to reach 1,000 rushing yards. He finished with 1,243.
“It feels great. Last year, I almost broke a thousand. I was real close,” Kendrick said. “This year, to actually break it, that just means a lot to me.”
Kendrick gained 76 yards on 18 carries for the Kewpies. He had two of Hickman’s five touchdowns on Friday.
Jake Whitesides, who rushed for 1,262 yards in 1998, is currently fifth all-time in rushing yards for a single season at Hickman.
Ryan Nesbitt had no idea that he set a new record when he walked off the field a champion on Friday.
The senior made three receptions for 106 yards on Friday, the most yards by any wide receiver in a Class 6 final game.
Friday night marked only the second appearance in a state title game by the Kewpies in their 109-year history.
In coach Gregg Nesbitt’s 12-year tenure, 74 players have moved on to play college football in the NCAA.
Nearly 10 of Hickman’s 23 seniors are expected to play in college next year.