VAUGHT: Aaron Boyd a big-time player

After watching his team blow a 40-14 lead in the fourth quarter, Aaron Boyd knew it was time for him to play not only like a Mr. Football candidate, but also like one of the state's top recruits.

The 6-6 Henry Clay receiver, and younger brother of former UK quarterback Shane Boyd, caught a 10-yard pass on Henry Clay's first play of its final drive Friday at Boyle County and capped his performance with a 28-yard touchdown catch with 13.6 seconds left to give his team a 47-43 victory.

He had seven catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns and showed the size, speed and strength that has already produced over 20 Division I offers, including ones from Kentucky and Louisville.

"I wanted the ball on the last drive every play. I kind of got frustrated when we got behind, but I kept a smile on my face because I knew everything was going to be okay. I just concentrated on the ball and looked it all the way in on that last catch," Boyd said. "If you want to be a big player, you have to make big plays at big times. That is what I am here to help my team win a state championship. I am not worried about benefitting myself, just my team."

He says the constant recruiting inquires have not bothered him.

"I am just concentrating on playing. I am going to make my decision after the season. I don't like to sell myself or make myself stand out over my teammates. I want to congratulate teammates for what they do. This is a great experience. I hope I can make it to a Division I school and make my team, family and state proud." Don't worry. By the time the season ends, he's going to have many more offers. However, he says his brother, now a backup quarterback with the Arizona Cardinals, is not overly pushy when it comes to Kentucky.

"He puts his little plugs in here and there for Kentucky. He tells me what to do because he has been through this. It helps me, but he wants to give me my leeway and my freedom to pick the college I want and what is best for me. I appreciate him for that. Hopefully, I will make a good decision with his help," Boyd said. "I have 20 plus offers. I don't really worry about that. I will maybe break it down to a top 10 halfway through the season. I am just looking forward to great times like this and enjoying all that goes on with our season."

Boyd was hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty in the game when he got into a verbal altercation along the Boyle County sideline. "In the heat of the moment in a game like this, people get riled up. Coaches are talking and there was a little exchange of words. No hard feelings. You just play the game," Boyd said. "I am a target everywhere I go. People tell me I am not as good as my brother and things like that. I kind of block that out and shut people up on the field. I don't do that much talking. I just have to keep my composure better than what I did and let my play do my talking."

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