Clay High’s Dykas builds Resume for 2023

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Football used to be a game where teams would run the ball 90 percent of the time. Now, the game has evolved to favor the Quarterback-Wide Receiver connection. The release moves, the crisp routes, the acrobatic catches and that sound you hear when a reception is being made are all reasons why some people find that the Wide Receiver position is the most exciting position to play on the football field. The Clay Blue Devils let it be known that they have a receiver worth keeping a set of eyes on and he goes by the name of Payton Dykas. Dykas is a 5 ’11, 160 pound Junior that works extremely well from the slot and out wide. He has the speed factor, which gives him the ability to stretch the field and get behind defensive backs. His foot work and route running are how he proceeded to gain leverage over his opponents. As a Sophomore in 2021, Dykas saw some action and made the most of the opportunities he was given by finding his way to the end zone twice with limited reps. For his Junior season, Dykas turned his game up a few notches and set himself up for a season-long coming out party as he ended up leading the Northeast Florida region in the receiving yards category by catching 57 passes for 1001 yards. The Junior receiver also found himself in the end zone a lot more with 14 touchdowns receptions, he finished first in that category as well. There were 4 games where Payton Dykas gained 100 receiving yards or more, including a 3 three game mid-season streak. It was in the middle of that streak where the Junior displayed his best performance, which was against Gainesville in a 28-10 victory where he torched the stat sheet by going for 175 yards on 12 reception and 2 touchdowns.This was a very important season for Dykas as he took the chance to showcase the skills that not a lot of people knew about and ultimately established himself as one of the premiere Wide Receivers in the Jacksonville area. There is a bright light waiting to shine for this young rising star in the near future. This off-season should be one of competition, repetition and anticipation. As long as Payton Dykas can stay focused, achieving the ultimate goal of landing a division-1 scholarship will most definitely be in the cards for him.

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