2021 36 Blitz: Henry Clay Blue Devils
LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – Demetrius Gay took over Henry clay last year. The first coaching change for the Blue devils in 27 years. While the pandemic did make it difficult to mold the program into what he wants…he felt by season’s end, guys were buying in.
“It’s going great with the kids kinda gravitating to the new things that we are going,” says Head Coach Demetrius Gay. “So it’s been great for us.”
Seniors like kicker Sergei Buchheit felt that shift.
“I definitely feel like things have taken on a new perspective even just through practice,” says senior kicker Sergie Buchheit. “He really brings the energy so I really feel like that helps us as a team put more effort into things and things just get put together better so I mean the way he’s running it is going awesome far. It’s going great.”
After going winless in 2019, then getting two wins last season, Coach Gay feels there’s only one way for the program to go now.
“Up. We hit two games last year, we won two games last year so just looking to move up from there. You know that all we can do.”
As Coach Gay looks to put his stamp on the program, he has the unique ability to keep tabs on his players a lot. While he’s the head football coach, he’s also an administrator so he has his eyes on his guys on and off the field.
“Well the fact that he is in the school is making us do that,” said junior wide receiver Kasen Parks. “Not getting into trouble, the discipline out here on the field. Stuff like that is keeping us in line and straight.”
As Coach Gay keeps his guys in line, he’s doing it with a younger team. He’s losing 18 seniors from last year’s team.
“A lot of our guys, we had I think 18 seniors last year and they all got a lot of time so a lot of the younger guys are now having to move up and play,” says Coach Gay. “The thing we did last year is we did get a lot of those guys playing time so they do have a little experience, but now it’s full on them.”
While coach is trying to get those guys ready, he’s also tasked seniors to play their part
“He’s done a really good job with that and he’s put a lot on us seniors to do it and I’d say we’ve done a pretty good job,” says Buchheit. “You know it was a little bit of a struggle at first you know. New guys, new school right? After that we’re pretty squared away now it’s just getting the reps in.”
This season, the blue devils have time to get those reps in. That means no excuses once the season begins.
“I think it’s going to be a real proving point for us. I mean last year, especially with last year and the year before that we got all or nothing this year,” says Buchheit. “It’s going to be a challenge and it’s going to be statement for sure.”