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Charlotte Catholic Star Earns National Award

SAN ANTONIO, TX—A Charlotte Catholic High School football star has received a prestigious national honor.

Running back Elijah Hood has been named the U.S. Army’s national Player of the Year, according to various media reports, including the Charlotte Observer.

Hood was in San Antonio to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and received the award at the banquet the day before the contest.

The Charlotte Catholic standout rushed for 3,690 yards during the 2013 season, which is second all-time in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association football record book for a single season behind Kevin Parks of West Rowan, a mark which was set in 2009.

Hood has committed to continue his career at the University of North Carolina. He compiled 8,981 yards rushing during his high school career, which is a Mecklenburg County record, and ran for 147 touchdowns.

Another famous North Carolinian, quarterback Chris Leak of Charlotte Independence, won the U.S. Army award in 2003.

The West beat the East in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl by a 28-6 count to even the series at seven games apiece. Hood was the leading rusher for the East, with four carries for 16 yards, as the East was held to 18 rushing yards total and just 131 yards in total offense for the game.