Day focused on winning a state championship this year
Velma Jackson High School senior Carsyn Day said the mentality of his team this year is at its highest and they have their eyes on the 2A State Championship.
“Our goal is to win that state championship, and we most definitely have a shot at it,” Day said. “My teammates also drive me. We’re all focused on the same primary goal of winning.”
Day, who started playing for Velma Jackson in ninth grade, has played a variety of positions along with his primary position of safety. He said he is not sure what college he will attend.
“I will go to any college that offers me a scholarship,” Day said. “I’m interested in majoring in computer engineering since I’ve been around technology ever since I was a kid, and I’m very interested in it.”
Day said his favorite part of playing for Velma Jackson is interacting with his teammates. He said everyone is like a tight-knit family.
“We all want to win, and that’s why my team is my favorite aspect of this,” he said. “I love the environment and the mentality we all have.”
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Other than playing football and going to school, Day said he loves listening to music, spending time with his friends, teammates and family, fishing, and riding four-wheelers out in the countryside.
Day works part-time for Velma Jackson by helping the custodians clean the school and prepare classrooms for the next day of school, and he also works part-time at Wendy’s.
Head Coach at Velma Jackson Bernard Ewell said it has been a joy coaching Day.
“Carsyn is a special type of player, and he’s one of the brightest kids in the school,” Ewell said. “He’s an exceptional student and athlete. He’s intelligent, knows what he wants and knows how to get it.”
Ewell said while Day primarily plays safety, he plays other positions, too, such as kicker and punter. He also handles punt returns, he said.
Ewell said the Falcons went 6-2 last season and lost against Columbia High School in the first round of the playoffs.
“We started this season and beat Canton High School, who is our rival,” Ewell said. “We won 7-0. Carsyn was instrumental in winning that game. He had an interception, seven tackles and a couple of long punts. It was a very defensive-oriented game and we scored with only about 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter.”
“I’m very excited for the rest of this season, and I think we can win the state title,” Day said. “We want to win and win big.”