In the 2011 SCISA Class 3A championship game, then-junior Quayshon Myers made a big impact for the Hammond Skyhawks as a defensive back.
Myers, who made a game-changing tackle for loss and interception late in the victory, knew then that he would be filling a different role for this year’s Skyhawks.
“Coach had told me earlier in the season that with B.J. (Bennett) and Joey (DeAngelis) graduating, I was going to play running back this year,” said Myers, now a senior and the Skyhawks’ leading rusher.
So Myers spent time in practice watching Bennett’s leadership skills and taking notes.
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And when the 2012 season opened, Myers took off from the starting gate as though it were what he had always done. He has gained 1,460 yards and scored 18 touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.
“I see myself now as a running back that used to play defense, but in years before, I’d have said I was a defensive back that used to play offense,” Myers said.
Either way, although he was game for the position change, Myers was not sure how he would fill it out.
“I didn’t really expect to be where I am,” he said. “But after the first two games, they were big games for the team and for me personally, I really thought I could do this.”
Coach Erik Kimrey always expected this type of performance from Myers.
“Quayshon was a wonderful cornerback as a sophomore and junior and he did a great job of covering some very tough players,” Kimrey said.
But with school-record holding rusher Bennett having graduated, Kimrey had confidence that Myers would have as big an impact on the other side of the ball.
“It was just a natural progression to put him in the backfield. He’s still a dynamic player, regardless of where you line him up,” he said.
Kimrey said the Skyhawks’ veteran offensive line has been a big advantage for this year’s offensive backs. “But Quayshon certainly adds to that,” he said. “We certainly wouldn’t have had the season we have without him.”
Myers said there is no bar set for his individual success. There is one line he is aiming to cross with the 7-1 Skyhawks.
“The goal at the end of the day is to win the championship,” he said.