Ryan Day helped carry Thomas Heyward Academy to a first round victory in the SCISA playoffs last Friday night.
He plays both offense and defense and seems to be involved in every play. His coach admires him because day is not the biggest player around. "Pound for pound, he's the strongest kid we have in the school," said Nick Shuford. "He Benches over 300, squats over 400, so he's tough and he's got his body ready."
The 5-7, 159 pound Day was named the WTOC Player of the week after rushing for 225 yards on 23 carries and scored 5 touchdowns. He also threw a 22-yard touchdown pass, and added a pair of 2-point conversions in 49-13 playoff win over Oakbrook Prep in the first round of the SCISA playoffs. That's a total of 447 yards of total offense. The Rebels fell behind early but then dominated the second half and Day said it was halftime adjustments that proved to be the difference. "Yes, sir, the line did an excellent job," said Day. "It's the highest we've had, film grades, all year long so the line did their best they performed all year and that made it pretty easy for me."
Shuford added, "He's so smart. He sees lanes and holes opening up before anybody else does. His field of vision is just amazing. He does a great job of setting up blocks. His football IQ is just the biggest thing that helps him out."
Day says his favorite play is taking the pitch and getting out into space. "I take the pitch to the outside and let Nick Kiefer the left offensive tackle get outside and block for me and I like having him out front," said Day. "I like being in open space. I like being in space more than going up the middle. I just put my hand right on his back and whichever way I push him he goes and I got the opposite way."
Despite his size, Day will carry the ball 25 times a game and he says he loves that much involvement, "Yes, sir, I love it especially on Friday nights. Saturday morning, not so much, but on Friday night I like it. I go on college visits the day after, sometimes, walking up and down hills in the Upstate is not too fun."
Shuford added, "He's really shining out right now on the football field. He had his fifth game over 200 yards and he's been carrying us right now into the playoffs."
Friday night, the Rebels will travel to Sumter to meet Thomas Sumter Academy in a second round playhoff game and we'll have the highlights on the WTOC End Zone at 11:30.