SUMMERSVILLE – What’s in a name?
If you are at Nicholas County High School and the name is Mayes or Sagraves, the answer is winning quarterbacks.
Over the last 11 seasons, nine have been quarterbacked by one of the Mayes brothers or one of the Sagraves brothers.
You can say they are the first family of quarterbacking in Nicholas County.
The results have been outstanding.
First, since 2009, the Grizzlies are 92-30, with nine postseason appearances.
Since dropping down to Class AA to start the 2012 season, the Grizzlies are 69-21 and have made the postseason in seven of the last eight seasons, including the last four years.
Since 2009 the Grizzlies have not had a sub .500 record, and have won less than seven games just once, 5-5 in 2011, the school’s last season as a Class AAA school.
And al those season, with the exception of 2014 and 2019, the quarterback at Nicholas County was named Mayes or Sagraves.
It started with Zach Mayes in 2009.
He led the Grizzlies to back-to-back Class AAA playoff berths and was 18-4 over two years, with two 9-2 seasons (two of the four nine win seasons over the previously mentioned 11-year span.
In 2009 the Grizzlies fell to Ripley 21-14 in the playoffs and 49-13 to Brooke in a game that was 21-7 at one point late in the third quarter.
Tyler Sagraves followed behind center for the next three years, including the Grizzlies final season in Class AAA in 2011 and then back-to-back playoff seasons in 2012 and 2013,
Sagraves was 21-12 in his three-year career as a starter including a 35-14 victory against Wyoming East in the playoffs. That initial playoff win was followed by a close 26-14 loss to Bluefield the next week, when Nicholas held the Beavers to a pair of field goals in the second half.
Jacob Hopkins was the quarterback during what was one of the better seasons at the school when the team went 10-2 and again advanced to the Class AA playoffs second round again.
One of the leaders of that team was Wil Mayes, who rushed for 1,501 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Tate Mayes also go his first real taste of varsity football that season, playing in all 12 games and threw for 373 yards. He also tossed six of the team’s 13 touchdowns.
Mayes took over the next year and went 16-5 in two seasons. The Grizzlies also beat a No. 1 ranked tram for the first time, traveling to James Monroe and coming away with a 25-9 win. Mayes threw for 202 yards and a TD and ran for 50 more and a score.
In his two years as a starter Mayes threw for 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 1,075 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Jared Sagraves had his best season in 2018, in a season he Grizzlies put together one of their best, going 11-1.
He completed 105-170 passes for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also ran for 395 yards and nine scores.
The Grizzlies beat Petersburg 41-10 in the playoffs before falling to Weir in a shootout 63-43. Sagraves threw for 251 and a touchdown an ran for another in that game.
Sagraves threw for 3,095 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 939 yards and 19 touchdowns in two years as a starter.
It was a terrific run for the Grizzlies over the last decade plus, especially for quarterbacks named Mayes and Sagraves.