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Barnett hopes to build on year

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Clay Barnett gained valuable experience last year, taking over at quarterback as a sophomore for the Boyd Yellowjackets.

The soon-to-be junior said he is ready to build upon that promising season in which he threw for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Making a Pick

MAKING A PICK – Alvord’s Joe Randall flies in to make an interception during Thursday’s 7-on-7 game against Boyd at Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

He showed some of his growth Thursday in a 40-13 win over Alvord in the Wise County 7-on-7 League.

Barnett completed 18 of his 27 attempts with four touchdowns, although he also threw two interceptions.

“I’ve gotten a lot better with my arm strength and accuracy,” Barnett said. “This year will be a lot more promising.”

He said the game has slowed down a little for him.

“I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve got to find a way to get the team down the field and make better decisions,” Barnett said.

After throwing a touchdown pass to Jackson Basting on Boyd’s first possession, Barnett threw into coverage and had the ball intercepted by Alvord’s Joe Randall on the second drive.

On Boyd’s third possession, Barnett put a perfect touch on the ball and hit Xavier Kyle on corner route for a score.

The Boyd defense intercepted four passes for 12 of the Yellowjackets’ 40 points.

“We have a tight defense,” Barnett said. “They should be really strong.”

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