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Football: Breakthrough performance – Back runs for 381 yards in Texan victory

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Big Night

BIG NIGHT – Northwest running back DeMareus Hosey breaks through the line against McKinney North. The back had 381 yards in the Texans’ win. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Going into the season, DeMareus Hosey’s varsity experience consisted of just four carries against Azle last year.

After two games this year, the junior Texan is already more than halfway to 1,000 yards. Hosey turned in a jaw-dropping 381 yards last week in the Texans’ 56-46 victory over McKinney North.

“I didn’t know ’til the end of the game and I looked at my phone,” said Hosey about piling up the yards.

“The offensive line made holes for me, and I hit the holes.”

The performance by Hosey, which included four touchdowns, was the most yards turned in by a back under Northwest coach Bill Poe.

“It was a special night for DeMareus,” Poe said. “The offensive line was in complete control. DeMareus was also able to get a lot of yards after contact. That’s how he got a big number of his yards.”

Even after falling down by double digits in the first half, the Texans didn’t abandon the run and kept giving the ball to Hosey. They were rewarded. He scored on a pair of runs in the second half.

“We stuck with it. With the things we were seeing, we knew we could be successful,” Poe said. “We just had to be patient and keep steady.”

Hosey started the season looking to replace the Texans’ back from last year, Syrus Moore, who ran for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns.

After a strong spring, Hosey earned the starting job. In his first outing, he showed a special spark, running for 159 yards in the Texans’ 35-20 win over Alvarado.

He then more than doubled that performance against McKinney North to give him 540 yards on 67 carries in just two games. He’s averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

The big first two games even exceed Hosey’s lofty standards.

“My goal was 200 yards and two touchdowns. I almost doubled that Friday,” Hosey said.

He’s quick to give credit to the five guys in front of him, which include blue-chip tackle Darrell Simpson and two other returning starters – Cole Green and Joshua Campbell.

“It’s the best offensive line in the state,” Hosey said.

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