Kingston Public Schools
After leading his team in rushing and passing and finishing among team leaders in several other areas, Kingston senior Jared Hayes has earned all-state recognition. The 5-9, 183-pound quarterback was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association 2-A All-Star Football Team, also referred to as All-Star by Class. Hayes passed for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and added another 485 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. Kingston coach John Caraway said Hayes, a three-sport standout, is an excellent athlete, but his mental game is also a big part of his success on the football field. “His mind for the game, especially for his age, is the best I’ve seen,” Caraway said. “He is definitely a student of the game, and his ability to step on the field and read defenses and make adjustments was a big asset for us. It’s like we said at the beginning of the season: having him out there was like having another coach on the field.” Hayes’ big arm enabled him to stretch defenses, as his 20 touchdown passes will attest. Coaches also liked his ability to make good decisions with the ball. On the ground, he was a gritty runner with the willingness and ability to lower his shoulder and run through tackles. He was also an integral part of the Kingston defense, serving as the lone safety. He made 40 tackles and three interceptions, and also served as sort of a quarterback for the defenses, helping to make calls and reads. Hayes also excels in basketball and baseball, and Caraway said he would not be surprised to see him playing sports in college. “With his ability, his intelligence and his work ethic, he could probably any one of those sports in college,” the coach said. He is the son of Brett and Kila Hayes of Kingston.