High School Sports

Another Boyd lines up for game

MYRTLE BEACH -- Add another Boyd to the list of coaches.

Lamar's Tyler Boyd said he hasn't decided what he plans to do after college but that he'll probably end up coaching.

Imagine that.

His father is J.R. Boyd, former football coach at York, Lamar and Laurens. His uncle, Steve Boyd, is a former football coach at Indian Land, Fort Mill and York, but has been York's full-time athletics director the last two years. The youngest uncle, Dean, is the AD and football coach at Marlboro County.

All three were born and grew up in York.

"It looks like, right now, I'll be headed in that direction,'' Tyler Boyd said. "One of my two brothers also coaches, so you can honestly say it runs in the family. I really can't say right now, but I think I'll follow in their footsteps.''

His brother, Clint, was an assistant coach at Northwestern before moving to Pikeville College this season. The brothers share another unique bond besides playing high school football for their dad.

In 1997, Clint, an offensive lineman, played in the SCADA North-South All-Star Football Game at Myrtle Beach High School. Their father was on the coaching staff.

Tyler was chosen for this year's game and is playing on both sides of the ball, at quarterback and strong safety for the South.

"I really wanted to play in this game because I remember Clint talking about it,'' Tyler said. "He told me how fun it was and about all the new friends he made. And he said they feed you well. Everything he told me was true.''

There's another unique situation pertaining to Boyd, probably the first time in the history of the game it's happened.

Last year, he was the starting quarterback at Laurens and his backup was Seth Strickland. When J.R. Boyd left Laurens and returned to Lamar as an assistant coach this season, Strickland became the starter.

They'll face each other Saturday at Brooks Stadium in Conway, and Tyler said he can't wait.

"I think it's cool that both of us are here,'' he said. "Knowing him helps me more than it does him. I know his moves, what he likes to do and the decisions he makes.

"It wouldn't have happened if we hadn't moved back to Lamar. That's been kind of weird. Most of the coaches I grew up with are still here and my dad enjoys being back. Being a senior, I never thought I'd finish my high school career playing with the friends I grew up with.''

Tyler had a good season, leading the Silver Foxes to a 10-3 record. He threw for more than 1,500 yards and tossed 18 touchdowns. He ran for a little less that 600 yards and scored eight touchdowns.

He says he's a quarterback at heart, but will likely play safety in college. At 6-foot and 180 pounds, he certainly has the size. And as far as football knowledge goes, that's not a problem because of his family and upbringing.

Tyler's a good target for recruiters and is hearing from several schools. Besides his athletic prowess, he's a 4.1 grade-point average student with an 1100 SAT score.

Look for him to hold out making a decision unless a blockbuster offer smacks him upside the head. Tyler's also a highly-regarded baseball player.

"I play the infield and pitch,'' he said. "I've got some offers to play baseball in college, but I'll have to wait and see how things work out.''

• When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Brooks Stadium, Conway

• Tickets: $15

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