Fort Campbell, KY | January 15, 2013
When Fort Campbell was making its run to the 3A state playoff semifinals during the 2011 season, Koty Hix could only stand and watch.
College football programs were already taking notice in Fort Campbell's offensive tackle, who combined his natural size and strength with a quickness few offensive lineman possess.
But Hix's junior season ended before it barely began.
A broken ankle in the season opener against Clarksville High forced Hix to the sideline, and away from a season where Fort Campbell raced to within a game of playing for the state title.
Hix's junior season was lost, but not his high school career. He responded with a resolve and a determination to make his senior season one worth watching.
"I learned you have to take every play at full speed, because you never know when it's going to be your last," said Hix, reflecting back to his junior year when he could only observe. "I know it was especially hard last year. I wanted to send our seniors out on a good note, but when it came down to it I couldn't do anything for them because I was over there with a cast on.