To limit Kylan Duhe’s statistics to just rushing yards is to do a disservice to the West St. John running back.
Getting an accurate read on Duhe’s accomplishment’s, West St. John has kept track of his “touches” over the years.
In four years at West St. John, Duhe had 624 touches from scrimmage of a total of 5,385 yards and four touchdowns.
His senior season alone, Duhe rushed 222 times for 2,055 yards and 33 touchdowns while hauling in 16 passes for 271 yards and eight additional scores.
Those numbers helped Duhe to capture the co-Athlete of the Year by RiverParishFootball.com.
“He’s one of our top guys to come through this school since I’ve been here and I know historically he’s one of the top backs to come through these halls,” West St. John coach Brandon Walters said of Kylan Duhe.
“I’ve won a lot of awards but I’ve never had one like that. That comes from over the season. You put up good numbers, you get rewards at the end. It feels good to get that award,” said Duhe.
An all-around threat, Duhe’s primary position is running back. For his career, the West St. John standout had 582 carries for 4,528 yards and 59 touchdowns.
“He’s extremely elusive. He’s what I call a real running back. He reminds me of the old-school philosophy. He doesn’t go down (easily). He finishes off runs really well. He’s not looking to get out of bounds. He either wants to score or run over you. He has great speed. He’s very durable,” Walters said of Duhe as a runner.
“I have the vision. Breakaway speed, I’ve got that. I have what it takes to play running back. I have the skills,” said Duhe, assessing himself as a runner.
Duhe also shines as a receiver out of the backfield. His career totals catching the ball include 41 catches for 856 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“That’s his forte. He’s like another receiver. You can put him in the slot, you can put him in trips formation. We’ve utilized him everywhere. We’ve given him routes out of the backfield, from the wideout position, you name it,” said Walters.
Duhe even did some kick returning.
“As a return guy, he was extremely special. A lot of people didn’t kick to us too much but when they did, he was able to get his hands on a few of them and had some pretty big returns,” Walters said.
For Duhe, the Athlete of the Year award demonstrates that he measures up, even with those from larger schools, according to Walters.
“It’s just a testament and a stamp on his career and what he was capable of doing. It also puts him up there amongst the guys in this area, which is really talented and saturated at the running back position, it just highlights him and shows he is elite guy and is capable of competing just like any of those other kids at bigger schools,” Walters said.
Past winners of the Athlete of the Year award include: Shawn Preston, linebacker/defensive back, St. James and Garland Robertson, defensive back/wide receiver/punt returner, Riverside (2017); Anthony “Pooka” Williams, running back/wide receiver/kicker returner, Hahnville (2016); D’Monte Coxie, wide receiver/kicker returner, East St. John (2015); Xavier Lewis, quarterback/defensive back, East St. John (2014), Jeremy Jackson, running back/kick returner, West St. John (2013); Sergio Medina, running back, linebacker, Hahnville (2012); Jeffery Hall, defensive back/running back, St. Charles, and Jairus Moll, wide receiver/defensive back, West St. John (2011); and Jarvis Landry, wide receiver/linebacker/defensive back, Lutcher (2010).
*All of the 2018 River Parish post-season trophies were purchased at Faber Awards. They were paid for by the sponsorship of DiCarlo’s Food and Spirits. Located in Cypress Lakes Country Club, DiCarlo’s Food and Spirits is open to the public for lunch and dinner Tuesday-through Saturday. They offer a full menu and daily lunch specials, crawfish and seafood specials on Friday during Lent. You can find out more on their Facebook page or by calling (985) 764-6868.