Hynoski at his best in big contests
There are great players, and then there are Great players, with a capital G.
Southern Columbia’s senior fullback Henry Hynoski is definitely the latter. The proof is in the numbers. All kinds of numbers.
Much has been written and talked about lately of Hynoski’s climb up the state career rankings in rushing yardage (6,827 yards, ranking him eighth on the all-time list) and touchdowns (112). When you take into consideration that he’s probably missed the equivalent of a full season over the space of his four-year career by sitting out large portions of blowout games, those numbers are magnified even more.
But if you want to get a real look at just how good Hynoski’s been, take a look at his numbers in playoff games. They are, quite frankly, hard to believe, and show just how good Hynoski has been when the pressure’s on.
Going into Friday’s PIAA Class A semifinal against Bellwood-Antis, Hynoski has played in 18 postseason games. In those 18 games, he has carried the ball 287 times, for 2,898 yards and 35 touchdowns.
How remarkable is that total? Well, consider that Shamokin Area’s career rushing leader, Phil Manney, had roughly 3,500 yards for his whole career, and that record has stood for 30 years.
Hynoski has had 12 100-yard games, seven 200-yard games and, of course, one monster 409-yard game two seasons ago in that epic 76-47 win over Pius X, in postseason play. He has averaged 161 yards per game, and that includes four games as a freshman, when he didn’t have more than 100 in any. His postseason average for the past three seasons is 187 yards per game.
Hynoski has scored at least one touchdown in every postseason game but one, that one being the 35-0 win over Rochester in the state title game of 2004, when quarterback Dan Latorre scored four of the Tigers’ five touchdowns.
He has had seven games with three touchdowns or more. He has added 12 pass receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns in those games.
Another impressive number —— 260. That’s the rough average yards per game the rest of Southern’s backs average this season. That’s due to three things — their own ability, the impressive play of the offensive line, and the attention that the 6-2, 240-pound Hynoski draws.
Then there are the more important numbers. In those 18 games, Southern Columbia is 18-0 and has averaged 45.8 points per game. The Tigers, if they go on to win a fifth straight state championship, will become the second class in school history (last year’s was first) to go 4-for-4.
Statistics, someone once said, are for losers. Or, as Mark Twain once wrote, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
Mark Twain never met Henry Hynoski.