October 2, 2009
Days and Ayers square off at Hillgrove
POWDER SPRINGS -- For the second time in 2009, a pair of Georgia Tech verbal commitments squared off on the football field. This time top cornerback Ryan Ayers and his South Paulding team traveled to Hillgrove to face Yellow Jacket quarterback Synjyn Days and their triple option offense.
Days got the better of Ayers on the scoreboard picking up a 28-6 win, but Ayers got the last laugh on Days with a pick six off the future Georgia Tech quarterback in the second quarter.
The two future Jackets hung out after the game and talked about what happened on the field and Ayers' interception.
"Right when I threw it, I knew I was going to have to tackle him," Days said. "I started rolling to the right and one of the defensive linemen blocked me and I saw him running. I tried to sprint after him, but he was too fast for me. I gave him some congrats after it. I can't wait to play with him next year."
Ayers had a pass break up on a pass from his future teammate.
"I was trying to score and get in the zone," Ayers said. "We really needed the points and I was trying to help the team out. Synjyn was great and I am looking forward to being on the same side as him next year. We have played each other every year now."
Days ran for around 152 yards on 17 carries and passed for 93 yards including a 27-yard touchdown pass to his younger brother Jabari Hunt-Days. Hunt-Days spun out of a sure tackle on the five-yard pass and raced down the middle of the field for the score.
"I was kind of surprised he scored because I did not think he was going to get the spin off, but he got it," he said. "I was just jumping for joy. I jumped so hard that my helmet came back on me and hit me kind of hard and I almost fell."
The Hawks are 5-0 and one of the best teams in the state of Georgia. Days credits his offensive line and teammates execution for their success on the field.
"I was not sure if I was going to play to my full ability going into the game because of my foot injury which is not healed 100-perecent, but our offensive line was blocking great and the defense was playing good," Days said. "I got to play on both sides of the ball."
Days says his team could be on track for a state title run if they continue to play well.
"I saw in the paper we are number three in the state so hopefully someone in the top two loses so we can move up in the rankings," Days said.
For Ayers, the loss was a tough one as the Spartans dropped to 3-2 and 1-1 in the region. They will try to rebound next week against Hiram in another region showcase.
"We still have some things to work on, but I think overall we will be able to pull it out and get a shot at the playoffs," Ayers said.
Days has been for two visits so far this year to Georgia Tech, but Ayers has been focused on his team and school works, but he plans to make it to at least one game this season.
"I have to make it to a Tech home game," Ayers said. "I talked to coach the other day and he told me, I have to come to a game and I have not been to one this year."
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