Although his mind is focused on winning the state championship, Arkansas commit and Charleston quarterback Ty Storey received a nice honor last week.
Storey (6-foot-3, 220-pounds) was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.
"It was a huge honor," he said. "I'm really blessed to be named that, but I wouldn't get that without all of my teammates and coaches. I definitely owe all of them."
He specifically credited his coaches with his maturation and development as a quarterback - one that will get a visit from Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney this week.
"They have made a huge difference," Storey said. "They have meant so much to me. Coach (Greg) Kendrick has spent so much extra time with me, watching game film and breaking down defenses. He's a great coach and I'm grateful to have him."
Storey and the Charleston Tigers are 13-0 and will play in the semifinals this weekend against Earle.
"We've been playing good ball and doing what we need to do to get wins," Storey said. "We're still focused on our main goal and that is to win state.
The game was supposed to be played on Dec. 6, but has been moved to Friday Dec. 13 because of the wintry weather.
Like 2014 Arkansas commit Jack Kraus that plays for the Tigers of Bentonville, Storey said he thinks the extra week off has helped him and his Tiger teammates as well.
"I've still been looking at film and doing what I need to, even if it was our game week," Storey said. "I think getting the chance to have a few days off may be good for us.
"It's just another week to prepare. I'm still somewhat sore from last week, so I see it as a blessing to get the week off."
If Charleston wins on Friday, they will advance to the state championship. The other semifinal game features Glen Rose and Smackover.
The state championship game will be played Dec. 20, just five days before Christmas. Storey said he has never played football that late into the calendar year, but can't see it being a problem.
"Football is pretty much a year-round sport these days with the camps and stuff," he said. "I don't think that would pose a problem for me or any of our guys."
Storey named Gatorade Player of the Year
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