Athletes Of The Week: Clay Matthews

Athletes Of The Week: Clay Matthews

For the past few seasons, Clay Matthews has dominated the athletics scene around Charles B. Aycock High School.

The senior is a standout student-athlete on the football and baseball teams.

As the Golden Falcons’ quarterback, Matthews has helped the Golden Falcons reach new heights, and he is this week’s Brian Allen State Farm Insurance Male Athlete of the Week.

Matthews said he has a deep passion for both sports.

“I love both sports equally, so it’s hard to choose,” Matthews said. “I started playing both sports at a really young age.”

Last season, Matthews helped lead the Golden Falcons to a 7-5 record and their first winning season in over a decade.

Matthews threw for 2,033 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Those stats are more impressive, considering Matthews broke his arm during his sophomore season.

Adjusting to the quarterback position took some time, but Matthews was up for the challenge, and it did not take long for him to learn the position.

“Just going out there and taking control of the game is what I’m best at,” Matthews said. “I just go out there and have the mindset to win.”

Over on the baseball diamond, Matthews has been on the varsity squad for three years. He has a .312 batting average in three seasons, a .439 on-base percentage, 30 RBIs, and seven doubles.

Matthews, who was selected as a team captain, said he loves his Golden Falcons family, and he cannot wait to get back on the field with them later this season.

“Aycock has a good baseball program, and I’m blessed to come out here and okay for a great baseball program,” Matthews said. “I have a good time every year.”

Teammates, coaches and families are all essential to a young athlete’s success, and Matthews is grateful for all of the support he has been given over high school career.

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