Athlete of the Week: LaMichael Pushia

HEMINGWAY, SC (WMBF) - There may be no duo in the state more explosive than Hemingway's Jabril Soloman and LaMichael Pushia.

But sometimes Pushia, their senior running back can get lost in the mix with the attention Soloman gets.

"You have two players like me and Jabril on offense and you don't know who to cover.  Jabril could get it at one point in time and I could get it at the next point in time," said Pushia."

While Soloman added, "LaMichael is a strong running back, he's fast, he can get it when we need it."

LaMichael has run for over 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns this season alone.  When Pushia hangs up his cleats at Hemingway after Friday's game he will go down as the best running back to ever come through the school.

"I enjoy toting the ball, toting the rock a lot because I mean I just have to help my team out," said Pushia.

Hemingway head coach Ken Cribb added, "LaMichael has been our work horse for three years now, he's going down as the all-time leading rusher in school history and he's going to touch the ball majority of the time."

LaMichael's outstanding senior season has helped lead Hemingway to a perfect record and the school's first ever lower state title.

"We had been to lower state two years in a row, but fell short.  Two points the first year, and three points the second year.  Now we brought it home," said LaMichael.

But for Pushia, the mission was not complete with their win last Friday night.  Not until his team is celebrating in Columbia will he consider this year a success.

"To tell you the truth I wasn't even happy on Friday.  Everybody who got on the bus was happy but me, because I know that I hadn't completed the mission yet.  Once I complete the mission then I'll be happy."