Bethany quarterback Ryley Claborn threw for 2,239 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season, but this year, as a senior, even more will be asked of him. As part of a large senior class that has been at the core of Bethany's athletic success the last couple years, Claborn is ready for the next step.
A lot of the players in your senior class have been playing since you were sophomores. Is the excitement pretty high for your final season?
It is. We have 23 seniors, which is a lot for a 3A school. We've been doing a lot of things together. We had a senior camping trip that all of us went on. This senior class has really meshed well the last couple years. We're looking forward to it.
You lost a few important players on offense. Do you think things will look the same on that side of the ball?
We're looking good offensively. We've got Gage Diffee and John Page at receiver. They're both back and had a great year last year. And we have Garrett McGrady at tight end. Blake Collins is going to be a great addition this year. We're just looking to spread it out and throw the rock around. Having Brett Gilstrap at running back is gonna help me a lot. It will open up the passing game with a good running game.
Is Gilstrap a different style of runner than Devin Campbell was last year?
Yes, Devin was powerful when he wanted to be, but he was more about speed and juking someone out. Brett's more of a power back. He's more downhill, five yards at a time.
Playing quarterback, you obviously get a good look at your defense. What have you seen from those guys during camp?
To be a good team, you have to have a good defense, and the defense helps me out a lot, because if I make a bonehead decision and throw a pick, I trust my defense enough to hold them. With Gilstrap and McGrady at ends, they're good speed rushers. Most of our secondary is back, so we have a lot of experience over there.