It was a Storey-book ending to the career of Charleston’s star quarterback.
Ty Storey’s final pass with the Tigers was a 4-yard touchdown to Taylor King with 17 seconds left that gave Charleston a 33-26 win over Smackover in the 3A state championship game Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.
On the 10-play, 55-yard game-winning drive, Storey ran the ball nine times before capping the drive with the pass to King.
“We buckled down and my linemen carried us down the field,” Storey said. “It was an awesome feeling when we finally got in.”
That drive gave the Arkansas signee, which will begin practicing with Razorbacks later this month, 153 yards on 35 carries. He also had 218 yards on 24-of-38 passing.
He also accounted for all five of Charleston’s touchdowns, with three through the air and two on the ground.
The play that ultimately won the game, Storey’s 154th career touchdown pass, came on third-and-goal. Storey took the snap and rolled left before throwing back to the right, where he connected with a wide-open King.
“That was probably the most open I’ve ever seen him,” Storey said. “It was scary when the ball was in the air, that’s for sure.”
It was the first time Charleston had run the play that direction, but it was executed perfectly.
Smackover seemed to be marching down the field to break a 26-26 tie, but fumbled at the Charleston 45-yard line, giving the Tigers a chance to win the game.
“We told him when we got the ball back with five minutes left, ‘If we win this thing, we’re going to win it in your hands,’ and, at the same time, if we were to lose that thing, we were going to lose it in his hands,” Charleston head coach Greg Kendrick said.
With a season-high 35 carries, Storey admitted that he was sore following the game. He also played defense late in the game, registering a tackle and pass breakup.
“This was one of the toughest games we’ve played,” Storey said. “Smackover had a great ball team and they played a great game, but we played really good, too.”
Along with back-to-back state title, Storey won his second consecutive most valuable player award for his efforts.
“It’s awesome, but that’s more than me,” Storey said. “That’s all of these guys. We all buckled down and worked hard all year.”
Storey did not want to talk about his future with the Razorbacks after the win, but Kendrick believes the best has yet to come.
“There’s no other player bigger than him in the state and, in my book, no player in a long time as big as him,” Kendrick said.
Storey Caps Career with Second Title
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