Addison High School is tucked away in the eastern corner of Northwest Alabama's Winston County, but their football program is well known as one of the strongest in the state among the lower divisions.
The Hayes family has long been known in the area for producing very good high school athletes, and perhaps none will carry that banner higher than the latest member of the Addison family, Cole Hayes.
Addison did not have their typical year during the 2008 season, which led to Hayes thrown in the fire by the time the Bulldogs reached the third game of the season against their most hated rival, the Winston County Yellow Jackets.
Hayes was hurried, sacked and intercepted in his first outing, but he showed signs of things to come by leading his team to two second half drives which helped the Bulldogs stay close to their bitter rival.
Before Hayes helped the Bulldogs salvage the season, his only real claim to any kind of success was winning the quarterback competition at Briarwood High School the summer before his sophomore season. He was expected to lead the Bulldogs, but not even coach Randy White knew when that time would come.
Hayes quickly became the talk of the community, and then his name began to spread around the region. As the 2009 season approaches Hayes is expected to carry a large part of the load for the Bulldogs, and he is working very hard to prepare himself for the upcoming task.
"I am working hard everyday," Hayes told ScoutSouth.com from his home in Addison, Ala. "I am trying to get ready for the season, but I am trying to help my baseball team get back to the state play-offs again this season."
"I have been working out and trying to get bigger and stronger. I am looking forward to the upcoming camp at Alabama a little later this spring, and I want to make it to some other camps and combines, if I get invited," he noted.
Just barely 16 years of age, Hayes feels no pressure.
"I know we do not want to have another year like we had last year. We are talking about changing some things in our offense to better suit my ability, and to take advantage of some of our other guys at the skill positions."
"We want to work hard this summer and have a much better team when we return in the fall."
Hayes has started to receive mail from some of the smaller schools in the area, but this young man could have the ability to attract some of the south's best to Addison before he is finished.
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