Hermosillo Rushes to School Record

Miguel Hermosillo says he figured he'd play a prominent role along with his Ottawa Township teammates in the season opener against Yorkville Friday night.

But after setting the school record with 352 yards and five touchdowns on only nine carries in a 49-0 win, even Hermosillo admits he didn't see himself putting up such staggering statistics.

"As a team we weren't expecting to run over them," the senior Illinois commitment said.

That's because last season Yorkville beat Ottawa Township in overtime by a single point. With an offseason to prepare for the rematch, both teams were expecting another tight battle.

"We know that we have a lot of weapons on offense and wanted to use them," Hermosillo said. "We didn't really get to show anything other than basic plays though."

There was nothing basic about Hermosillo's performance. He had touchdown runs of 91, 90, 62, 27 and 17 yards. By the time he was done, early in the second half, the 5-10, 190-pound standout had broken the school record for yards in a game, set nine years ago.

"I guess the only time I've ever done anything close to that in terms of yards per carry was when I was playing junior varsity," he said. "Last night I definitely had more yards than I expected."

Hermosillo's night to remember only added to a recent run of memorable events. He verbally committed to play both football and baseball at Illinois last weekend after visiting the campus.

Illini tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh sent Hermosillo a direct message on Twitter following the game.

"He told me I had a good game," Hermosillo said. "It was pretty cool for him to send me that."

And on Saturday morning, after etching his name the Ottawa Township record book and having his performance talked about across the state, Hermosillo woke up. He went to receive his normal post-game treatment. And he went to work in the press box for the youth football league, running the scoreboard and cuing up the halftime music.

"Me and some of the guys usually come up here every Saturday," he said. "We were just relaxing and helping out. Next week is a new week and a new game."

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