Village Christian senior running back Aiham Aboul-Hosn knew he was having
a good game.
But it wasn’t until halftime of the Crusaders’ 56-22 win over
Flintridge Prep on Sept. 19 at Occidental College that Aboul-Hosn realized
it could become historic.
“Going in at halftime, I knew I had four touchdowns and I knew the
record was five beforehand,” he said. “I came out the second
half and put my mind to it, and I got the first record.”
Aboul-Hosn wound up setting a staggering three records against the Rebels,
including touchdowns (eight), points (48), and total rushing yards (331)
in a game.
His eight total touchdowns, which included seven rushing scores and a 29-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Wyatt Banko, and points in a game bested
Doug Schoenborn’s marks of five and 30, respectively, both set in 1984.
Aboul-Hosn’s 331 rushing yards topped the previous record of 316
yards set by John Amodeo in 2012.
“In the beginning [of the game], coach [Jason] French kept giving
me the ball,” Aboul-Hosn said. “The flow of the game –
we just had a huge emphasis on the run game and that kept working for
us. They couldn’t stop the run. Our lineman did absolutely amazing
and they just couldn’t stop us.”
VCS alumni and current head football coach Mark Bates agreed.
“Aiham had a special day. Village has a rich tradition of football
excellence and most of that was built on running the football,”
Bates said. “The fact that he was able to set two rushing records
in the same game was very significant. I thought he played outstanding.
“The whole offense, including the offensive line was doing a great
job,” he added. “As my coach here, the legendary Mike Plaisance
said, ‘Linemen gain yardage and backs carry the ball. I thought
Saturday’s game was a partial testament to that truth.”
Aboul-Hosn isn’t the first member of his family to make his mark
on the record book. Amjed Aboul-Hosn, who played from 2009 to 2011, has
seven records of his own at Village Christian.
“It holds something really deep with my family,” Aiham Aboul-Hosn
said. “It’s really great to feel like I stand next to my brother
holding up big-time records in this school, this great program, and the
great teams of the past. It feels great to be able to be up there with
all those names.”
The record-breaking run came on a 58-yard rush in the third. Aboul-Hosn
took the handoff from Banko, burst through the line, and made a quick
cut outside. After breaking a tackle, the senior raced up the sideline
for the score.
Aboul-Hosn closed out his performance with a 29-yard touchdown catch in
the fourth quarter, capping a series of records that could stand for a
long, long time.
Aiham Aboul-Hosn Scoring Breakdown
- 26 yards (rushing)
- 6 yards (rushing)
- 4 yards (rushing)
- 80 yards (rushing)
- 58 yards (rushing)
- 2 yards (rushing)