In a season marred with uncertainty, Taylorsville coaches and players did not know if they would see the field in the 2020 season. After delays and rescheduled games, the Tartars finally took the field last Friday evening. After shaking off pre-game jitters, rust, and new players becoming comfortable in new roles, Taylorsville rallied in the second half to defeat Seminary 56-42.
One player who stood out amongst the others on the field was none other than senior quarterback and Tulane commit Ty Keyes. For head coach Mitch Evans, it was no surprise that Keyes kept his composure and led the comeback.
“He isn’t going to say a whole lot, but he will always lead by example,” said Evans. “He doesn’t let anything bother him, and he goes out there to do his job. The kids follow his lead. He isn’t a rah-rah kind of player, he just does what he needs to do.”
Evans also spoke on the uncertainty of being able to play and how it felt to lead Keyes and the players back onto the field.
“Being able to go out there and play is exciting for us as coaches. It was on the edge there for a long time and a lot of us didn’t know what was going on or what would happen. We tried to prepare like we were going to play every week and to be honest, the kids are just excited to be able to play now.”
Keyes threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns with 15 completions during the evening. The senior also ran for 103 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, one of those touchdowns being a 49-yard scamper.
“It just feels good to come back and be able to play. I didn’t know if we would be able to play, but it is a blessing to be able to play the game,” said Keyes.
“As an individual and as a team I didn’t think we played hard the first half, but we wanted to come out the second half and be more aggressive and execute on offense. Any chance I got the ball I wanted to score and lead the team. The first half we put the defense in bad situations by not driving the ball down the field, so I wanted to help them by driving the ball down the field to score any tie we had the chance.”
Keyes will get another chance to put on a show as the Tartars are set to play Mendenhall Friday evening.