Leader Times Q&A: Kittanning's Braydon Toy
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What a season it was for Braydon Toy and the Kittanning Wildcats.
A junior first-year starter at quarterback, Toy orchestrated an offense as prolific as any in the school's nearly 100-year football history with 395 points scored in 10 games. The high-powered attack led Kittanning to an Allegheny Conference title, its first home playoff game since 2001 and its first undefeated regular season since 1976.
At 5-foot-6, Toy doesn't have the height of a prototypical quarterback, but his skill set fits perfectly in the Wildcats' spread offense. Toy posted 1,639 yards and 20 touchdowns through the air this season, and he also finished as the team's leading rusher with 859 yards and another nine touchdowns on the ground.
With the season now finished after last week's playoff loss to Yough, Toy and his teammates can look back on what they achieved and look forward to the 2014 season.
Q: Before the season, did you have any idea you or the offense would post such big numbers?
A: When we were in practice and looking at the players we had, we had a feeling we could do well, but we had no idea we'd put up all those points on so many teams.
Q: What effect does your height have on how you play quarterback?
A: I feel like my height helps me because other teams see me and think I can't do certain things. When they underestimate me, it helps me go out and do what I can to win ball games.
Q: Have you thought about the fact that you just finished one of the best Kittanning football seasons ever?
A: We all know we made history, and it's a great thing that we've done. We can all celebrate it, but apart from the seniors, I think we're looking forward to doing better next year.
Q: Does it feel strange to not be in practice?
A: It feels really weird. Normally, right after school, it's over to the field house and having meetings with the coaches. Now, we're just hanging out after school, and we don't know what to do.
Q: Are there any special traditions for your team's outgoing seniors?
A: I wouldn't say there's anything special, but we do a lot at the football banquet to remember them and what they did.
Q: Where is the bar set for next year?
A: I'd say were setting the bar very high. We want to get another home playoff game and win it next year.
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