High School Football

Gaffney feels like it can be the best in the state behind standout QB Tyshun Sarratt

Union County's Daren Osbourne tries to get to Gaffey quarterback Tyshun Sarratt. Union County hosted Gaffney in a non-region game Friday night.
Union County's Daren Osbourne tries to get to Gaffey quarterback Tyshun Sarratt. Union County hosted Gaffney in a non-region game Friday night. HAROLD SENN/FOR THE HERALD-JOURNAL

Tyshun Sarratt is the type of player that doesn't take being on the sideline too well.

The Gaffney junior quarterback was the backup to former starter Bryson Ward for much of the 2015 season. His only action came during a playoff loss at Byrnes after Ward went down with an injury.

Since that time, Ward decided to give up football to focus on baseball after verbally committing to the College of Charleston. The decision put Sarratt into the starting spot, and he hasn't looked back.

Sarratt has led the Class 5A No. 5 Indians to a 4-0 start going into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. showdown against No. 3 Northwestern. He's completing 59 percent of his passes and has thrown for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Sarratt said he plans to become one of the most memorable quarterbacks in school history.

"Before the season, I told our offensive coordinator coach Donnie Littlejohn that my goal was to go 30-0 as a starting quarterback," he said. "He keeps bringing it up every Friday. That gives me a lot of motivation."

Indians coach Dan Jones said that Sarratt has never lacked in confidence.

"He was asking me last year why he wasn't getting to play," Jones said. "He felt like he should have been out there. At that time we had a two-year starter, and Tyshun was just a sophomore. We knew we had a good athlete, and he was doing a good job on (junior varsity), but hadn't seen him on varsity. We felt good about his summer, and he also had a good spring. He started facing a good defense against T.L. Hanna and has only thrown one interception and has one fumble. He's taking care of the football."

Sarratt knows getting the fifth win towards the 30 won't be easy as the Trojans come in with a 4-1 record. They have wins at No. 7 Dorman and Byrnes with the only loss coming against 4A No. 1 South Pointe.

"We have a lot of confidence going into this game," he said. "We want to show people what Gaffney football is all about. We've had a good week of practice and just need to work together."

Sarratt has several targets such as Dennis Smith, D.J. Logan, Josh Fair and Josh Blackwell. Smith leads the team with 25 catches for 397 yards and five touchdowns. Logan is just behind with 21 catches for 337 yards and three touchdowns.

"We've got a good group of wide receivers that I trust a lot," Sarratt said. "We practice escape drills, and I always know exactly where each one of them are on the field."

Jones said familiarity with the wide receivers has been what has helped Sarratt settle into his roll.

"They have confidence in Tyshun and played with each other growing up in the middle school and JV," he said. "He's not going to shy away from the limelight. The kids have confidence in him and he has confidence in himself."

Sarratt feels the Indians have made a comeback after a couple of average seasons. He feels like this could be the year they make a return to a state championship.

"It's not really a cocky thing," Sarratt said. "It's a confidence thing. We feel like we can be one of the best teams in the state."