OXFORD — Remember the name Ty Keyes.
The freshmen quarterback was nearly flawless as Taylorsville ran past Winona 41-26 to claim the MHSAA Class 2A state championship at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Friday night.
It’s the Tartars (15-1) sixth state title overall and first since 2002.
“Biggest thing for us has been second half adjustments and tonight was nothing new,” said second year Taylorsville coach Chuck Robertson. “Ty played great and gets a lot of credit for tonight, but defensively tonight did a great job adjusting to what they were doing.”
Keyes, who his first cousins with former Taylorsville quarterback and Southern Miss star Dominique Sullivan, would finish the night 18 of 25 passing for 333 yards with three touchdowns.
“What a great kid he is. He works for everything and just humbled as can be,” Robertson said. “He does whatever he’s got to do help us win.”
His first touchdown pass went to Letreal Jones from 15 yards out to give Taylorsville a 7-0 lead with 6:26 left in the first quarter.
His second touchdown went to Raven Arrington from 78 yards out on Taylorsville’s first play from scrimmage in the third quarter to give the Tartars a 21-13 lead.
His final touchdown went to C.J. Williams from 5 yards out with 11:16 left in the fourth quarter to give Taylorsville a 34-13 lead.
“I had a alright performance, but I messed up on some plays but my coach told me not to get down on myself,” Keyes said. “Just keep believing and get the job done and I did that. It felt good to play on this stage as a freshmen.”
Running back Tycarius Roberts had 146 yards rushing with three touchdowns for Taylorsville. His touchdown rushes came from 1, 9 and 18 yards out.
“What an amazing feeling for these kids,” Robertson said. “Its great to bring a state title back to Taylorsville where you expect to win.”
Quarterback Jatyler Moore had 103 yards passing with a touchdown and also rushed for 73 yards with two touchdowns to lead the Tigers (11-4), who was in the state title game for the first time ever.