Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 29, 2012

Fairview's Roy the hand that feeds

Freshman quarterback guides run-oriented offense

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

WESTWOOD — Sometimes lost in the puzzle forming Fairview football’s historical season picture is the piece placed smack dab in the middle.

Much of the time, his job appears simple. Hand the ball off and watch the rest run and block. Stand back and witness the touchdowns unfold.

Amid three 1,000-yard rushers, it’s easy to forget that a freshman quarterback will be guiding Fairview’s offense in the Class A state championship game against Mayfield on Friday at noon (EST) in Bowling Green.

Alex Roy has not only enjoyed this wild ride, he’s used it as a learning experience.

“I like this feeling,” Roy said after Friday night’s 40-6 state semifinal defeat of Hazard. “They’ve taught me a lot.”

The “they” to whom he is referring are senior running backs Devon Turner, Chris Brewer and Elijah King.

“They’re great role models to be around,” he said. “Devon, Chris ... they’re great players, great leaders ... Elijah, he’s a sight to watch.”

Roy has been the starter under center in the Eagles’ Wing-T based offense since Week 4 against Casey County.

With his team sitting at 14-0 facing a chance to accomplish a school first, Roy is amazed at the whirlwind that’s transpired in just his freshman season.

“This team now is unbelievable,” Roy said. “Going to a state championship, I wouldn’t expect it as a freshman.”

Tanner Dolen, another key freshman for the Eagles, mimicked Roy’s feelings.

“Intense, exciting, a dream come true,” Dolen said. “It’s happening and I’m loving it.”

Dolen was among those in the running to be the starting quarterback this season. However, he’s excelled in other roles, both defensively and offensively.

Kyle Stormes took the snaps the first three games, and played pretty well, but Roy was ready to step in by mid-September.

Supplanting Ty Lowe, a two-year starter who was a senior last year, was a tall task.

“Stepping into his shoes was a big step,” Roy said.

Roy succeeded, though. He was 3 of 4 for 99 yards with a touchdown in a 69-29 win over Casey County. In all, Roy is 23 of 57 for 616 yards with six scores and two interceptions.

“He’s done great,” said leading receiver Mason Rutherford, who’s amassed 22 catches for 567 yards. “I can’t ask for him to do any better.”

Fairview has rarely thrown throughout the postseason — the Eagles have accumulated just 16 total attempts, including zero last week.

But, if it comes down to it, the freshman has confidence in his arm.

“I’ve got some guys I can throw it to,” he said. “(Rutherford) can outjump anybody.

“And our (offensive) line,” Roy added. “Oh, that’s something. The times that we have passed, I think I’ve only been hit one time.”

Football is undoubtedly in Roy’s genes. His grandfather, Barry Scraggs, was an assistant coach on seven West Virginia state championship teams at Ceredo-Kenova. His father, Chancey, played quarterback for Fairview in the early 1990s.

Still need tickets?

State championship game tickets will remain on sale at Fairview High School until noon today. Cost is $8.

Tickets are $11 at the gate.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.