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Hood eager to finish big with Cougars
Charlotte Catholic RB aims for playoffs
 
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:12 am
by Herbert L. White

In a county full of top-flight tailbacks, Elijah Hood is at the head of the class.

The Charlotte Catholic senior made national headlines earlier this year by committing to Notre Dame, then changing his mind to North Carolina in order to stay close to home. But before Hood enrolls at Chapel Hill, he’s got unfinished business at Catholic, where the Cougars are trying to win a state championship in its first season as a 4A program. 

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Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has committed to North Carolina.

In an interview with The Post, Hood tackles several topics, including Catholic’s difficult early schedule, the college recruiting process and the playoff chase.

Q: Catholic played a difficult non-conference schedule in which the Cougars went 2-2, but now you’ve won the first two games in conference play. What’s your take? 

A: “We needed that brutal out of conference schedule. (It) showed us what we’re about, it tested us and it wouldn’t be football if you didn’t test yourself. It was a great deal, we learned a lot from it and it made us a better football team and it’s paying dividends now.”

Q: You de-committed from Notre Dame in favor of North Carolina. Talk about how things have gone for you in that process and the season.

A: “I think I tried to handle things as best I could. I think I’ve done pretty well. I’m just trying to enjoy my senior year. I’ve only got a little bit of it left, so I’m just trying to wrap things up and finish things the right way.”

Q: Does last year’s appearance in the N.C. 3A championship game only to fall short serve as motivation?

A; “Those kinds of things are the ideal of what me and my team are going for. There’s nothing better. We went there last year and we couldn’t quite get it done, so I know everyone’s real hungry to get it done this year.”

Q: Will it be more difficult as a 4A program, given the number of powerhouse teams in Mecklenburg County?

A: “I try not to think about it like that. I try to think about it as going to the states. Anytime you go into the championship game, it’s going to be a tough team, no matter where it is – 1A, 2A or 3A. Those are winning football teams that are playing and they play strong, sound fundamental football with talented players. I just think it’s going to be a tough game and we’re going to shoot for that.”

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