HS quarterback has a Brady connection

One of the top quarterbacks in Texas schoolboy ranks this season has a Brady connection. He’s Ricky Lay, a 6-3, 200-pound senior, from Southlake-Carroll in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. His grandmother is the former Betty Lou Richie of Grapevine, a 1958 graduate of Brady High School and the daughter of the late Vester and Maurice Richie of Melvin. Ricky’s parents are Richie and Kayla Lay of Southlake. Southlake-Carroll is in the Class 4A UIL Division II football playoffs, and Lay led his team to a narrow, 23-22, win over Fort Worth Dunbar in the area game last weekend. Lay rushed for 153 yards and passed for 97 in the win over Dunbar. He also scored the winning touchdown from three yards out with 2:11 left in the contest. Carroll (8-4) will meet Andews (7-5) in the Region II semifinals game this Saturday in Odessa’s Ratliff Stadium. “Ricky is being recruited by a number of Division I universities, and he’s currently leaning toward West Point,” his grandmother told the Standard-Herald last Tuesday. She said Ricky passed for more than 3,000 yards last season, but the team has turned more to a running game this year, and he’s only thrown for about 2,000 yards this season, although his rushing yards have vastly increased. Mrs. Lay said her husband, Gene, whom she met at Hardin-Simmons University where he played football, died in 1993. He was a high school coach in the Texas panhandle for a number of years. Mrs. Lay is now a caregiver, aiding a nun in Grapeview.

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