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Reavis to play football at Emory

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Despite being away from the field for two years, Reavis was one of Carroll’s main weapons in ‘09.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

 HILLSVILLE -- It’s always pretty much seemed like a given that Tyler Reavis would be playing something, somewhere, once he graduated from high school.

Until this past fall, it looked like it would be anything but football. But in a stellar senior season, his first on the gridiron since his freshman year, Reavis proved himself one of the most sure-handed receivers ever at CCHS. He will continue his football career, announcing last week his plans to attend Emory and Henry College. “He was very instrumental in all our wins,” Carroll County coach Tom Hale said. “As a football coach I’m glad to see him go on to play at the next level. I feel if he had played his whole career, the sky would have been the limit.” Playing in a predominantly ground-oriented program, Reavis was the Twin Counties’ second-leading receiver with 35 catches for 489 yards, good for 14 yards per catch and 44.5 yards per game. Most telling of his ability as a receiver is the fact that those 35 receptions came in 36 passes to hit his hands. “We threw the ball 110-115 times and he had two-thirds of our catches,” Hale said. “He has good hands and he runs precise routes. We’re not a big throwing team but we were efficient. He dropped one pass all year.” After a couple of lean years, Emory and Henry appears to be on the way back up, posting a 7-3 mark this past fall under fifth-year head coach Don Montgomery, who was a part of numerous Division III national championships during his 27 years at Mount Union (OH). But it was more than a promising football future that lured Reavis to Emory. “My favorite thing is the atmosphere,” he said. “When I visited down there the players stopped by and introduced themselves, and it was a lot like home.” Reavis has already gotten a head start to his college career, thanks to third cousin and CCHS assistant Doug Reavis, a former assistant at E&H. “He’s helped me with the terminology they use, the workouts, everything,” Tyler Reavis said. “He’s been a big help.”