Storm Warning: Opponents better look out for that ‘Crick’ in their collective necks- @HopkinsCentral @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @840WHAS @PennyrileP

Behind every effective running game there's a few Hayden Cricks flattening defenders

’25 C/DT Hayden Crick may prove painful for Storm opponents in ’24

Hayden Crick was a pain in the neck for many opponents over the course of the ’23 season. With this 2025 stalwart returning, it doesn’t appear it will be relieved anytime soon. Crick is 5’11,” and tips the scales around 250-pounds. Crick is an adept and accomplished powerlifter and registered nearly as many “pancakes” as outgoing superstar, James Posey.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Hayden Crick has
been a pain
in the neck
for opponents

A “Crick” in the neck is an imprecise term. It describes a number of cervical or thoracic spinal issues. It may also describe conditions or injuries in the structures around the neck, such as a strain in the upper back.

It has been called, “neck pain.” It has been before described as a “stiff neck.”

In any event it isn’t pleasant. Opponents of The Storm this past season would liken it to dealing with Hayden Crick. He was a real “pain in the neck” for defensive linemen trying to “dig in” and make plays at the scrimmage line this past season.

Crick is 5’11,” 250-pounds of well put together. He not only is a member of the unit which paved the way for one of western Kentucky’s more balanced and lethal offensive attacks in ’23; but his cohorts and he may also boast of developing a two-time, All-State, first teamer aligning in its offensive backfield.

We were able to discuss Crick’s role along The Storm’s offensive line with head football coach, Chris Manning. Manning told KPGFootball, “You can never discount the importance of linemen like Hayden Crick. Crick got to learn the craft under excellent tutelage particularly from James Posey’s example.”

You can never discount the importance of linemen like Hayden Crick

Chris Manning, HFC, Hopkins Central

Manning continued, “Championships are constructed up front. Young linemen, like Hayden Crick, are what will eventually stamp our mark on the 3A, KHSAA landscape. We expect to contend. Crick, should he work really, really hard, can certainly help get us there.”

That is well said and an excellent point. If you look at the picture attached as the featured photo to this article, you will notice something. The running back is off to the races, sure; but, look at the blocking. Look at the hole.

That is how football is played. That is how you run the ball sufficiently to create neck pain in the teams you’re battling. That is how championships are won.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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