Oct. 31, 2012 — Cannonsburg - Late in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against West Carter, Boyd County faced a 4th-and-3. Pick up those three yards and the Lions win, anything less and the Comets have one last chance at a comeback win.
First-year Boyd County coach Ray Brooks knew just the play that the situation called for. Because he really had only one option, not because the Lions’ playbook is so simplistic or the coach is hard-headed, but rather because one player didn’t give him a choice.
Gaje Ayres didn’t walk up to his coach and demand to get the ball — in fact he didn’t say anthing at all — but after seeing the confident look in the senior’s eyes, Brooks knew exactly where the ball had to go.
Ayres didn’t disappoint either, as he picked up six yards on the play to cement the Lions’ 14-7 win over the Comets at Tom Scott Field.
“Towards the end of the game, he was just looking at me like give me the ball I will get it,” Brooks said. “When a senior says that in his last game, you give him the ball.”
In all, the coach gave Ayres the ball 17 times for 66 yards. While not putting up gaudy numbers, it was his work between the tackles that helped the Lions sustain drives during the second half, in which the Lions overcame a one-point deficit.
“He doesn’t get the glory runs, but he makes this offense click,” Brooks said. “It is a stop-the-fullback-first kind of offense, and Gaje has really played well all year.”
Ayres was just one of 12 seniors playing their final game at Tom Scott Field. It is a group that Brooks said he could not be more proud of.