HILLS -- Gifted Hills-Beaver Creek quarterback Gavin Wysong put up eye-popping numbers regularly during the 2019 high school football season. Naturally, he credits his big offensive line for creating lanes for him. But it still takes a remarkable athlete to do what he’s done in his junior campaign.
The way things transpired, it almost became believable for fans to discover what Wysong did over a two-game span late in the regular season. On Oct. 18 in a 46-40 win over Madelia, he scored three rushing touchdowns while gaining 238 yards on 23 carries -- with 10 tackles and an interception on defense. In his next game, the regular season finale, he rushed for three TDs and passed for three more in a 72-30 triumph over Lyle-Pacelli. Overall, he gained 188 yards rushing on 14 carries and was 9-for-10 passing for 156 yards. Oh, and he had another interception on defense.
Wysong, this week’s featured player on The Drill, participates in football, basketball and track and field for the Patriots.
He gushes praise about his football teammates, specifically about the camaraderie they share together. They lift each other up, they don’t get down on each other when one makes a mistake. It’s one for all, all for one.
H-BC enjoyed a fine year in the win-loss column, finishing 9-2. The Pats’ only losses were to powerful Mountain Lake Area, the last one last Friday in the Section 3 9-Man championship game.
We wanted to know a little more about Gavin Wysong, so we followed him around in the school’s weight room one afternoon. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com. Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: What’s your game as a quarterback?
ANSWER: “As a quarterback, I would see myself as a dual-threat quarterback, being able to throw the ball and being able to read defenses. One of the big keys is being able to see what the defense is lined up in before I snap the ball. As far as running the ball, I’ve been running the ball ever since I was in fourth grade. I started as a running back and got put in at quarterback here the last couple of years.”
QUESTION: You have two relatives on the team, Jax Wysong and Zander Wysong. What’s that like?
ANSWER: “I have a cousin, Jax, he’s a senior wide receiver on our team, and I have another cousin, Zander Wysong, who’s a junior tight end on our team. We’ve been playing ball since we could walk. Together we’ve been messing around, whether it’s been in the back yard or in the weight room. Jax has always been there to motivate me, and Zander’s also been there to motivate me in the weight room and get better as a player.”
QUESTION: Tell us the most unusual thing about you that most people don’t know.
ANSWER: “Something that’s unusual about me is I hate tornadoes. I was out playing with my dad, playing football in the backyard, actually, and all of a sudden the tornado siren went off. And luckily it was just straight-line winds, but from that point on I’d ask my dad, ‘Is there gonna be a tornado tonight? Am I gonna be allright?’”