The old one-two: Heart and determination fuel Phillips’ engine

For Domico Phillips, it’s almost like he was born with the ability to move – and to do it fast.

From the age of 4, Domico practiced and played football and ran competitively, and now he displays his skills on Friday nights for the Meadowbrook Monarchs, who improved to 3-1 in the Central District last Friday with a win over Colonial Heights, 29-7. In that game, Phillips posted a 242-yard night with three touchdowns.

Phillips could make his own highlight reel with his uncanny ability to come to a dead stop while running and reacclerate to make defenders miss. And, in his father’s opinion, you’re not going to find a kid with more determination and heart.

“Not just saying this because he’s my son, but he’s got so much heart in what he does,” said Jimmy Phillips. “And his level of determination is very high, we’ve told him his whole life that one man can’t bring him down and he embodies that.”

Phillips is ranked second in the Central Region and first in the Central District in rushing. Phillips has totalled 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns on an even nine yards per carry. His closest competitor among Central District running backs is approximately 500 yards away. Translation: No one is going to catch him.

“He’s the best running back I’ve been around,” said Meadowbrook head coach Troy Taylor. “Everyone at Meadowbrook loves Domico, his teammates, teachers, the principal, everyone.”

While Central District defenses are paying attention to Phillips, a few colleges are looking to show love for the senior running back. He has offers from I-AA Kent State and Shepard College, and has also recieved interest from Coastal Carolina, another I-AA school, and West Virginia Wesleyan, a Division II school.

“He’s a really focused kid,” his mother, Tonya Phillips, said. “He’s always prepared for school and football and he thinks before he acts.”

Phillips has made college visits, but nothing is close to being official yet.

“He’s got a stack of letters at home a mile thick for both track and football,” said Jimmy Phillips.

In track, Phillips has been an All-Stateperformer two years in a row. His long jump of 23 feet, three and a half inches was ranked 30th in the nation and fourth in the state last year, and he was the Central District champion in the 55 meters as a junior. Additionally, Phillips has been clocked at 10.9 seconds in the 100-yard dash.

In addition to shining in the classroom and on the field, Phillips is also highly involved with music. He is one of the best in the state at “jerk” dancing, and has also appeared in a music video by rapper MadSkillz that aired on MTV2.

“It’s just something I picked up,” said Phillips. “Wanted to be a little different. I do think that it’s helped with my footwork so it’s something I might take a class on in college.”

Meadowbrook is looking forward to the end of its schedule, as the Monarchs will face two of the top four teams in the district in Matoaca and Petersburg, as well as rival Thomas Dale, who has struggled at times this year, but picked up the win against Prince George last week 30-7. The Monarchs will have home field advantage for all three games. Out of those three, Matoaca will be up first Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“We work hard in practice every week,” said Phillips. “We’ve got to do what we can to get the job done. Since it’s my senior year, I definitely want to go out big.”

Going out big by definition, would be a state playoff berth and beyond for Phillips and the Monarchs.

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