Designating Jaden Payoute as a go-to wide receiver for a second straight year heading into his senior season seemed like a no-brainer call for L.C. Bird High coach Troy Taylor, but he had a unique idea.
Though Payoute has indeed found a home at Virginia Tech as a promising receiver going into his redshirt freshman season, Taylor needed to win a high school game in the 2018 season. Payoute was going to be the x-factor in a much different role.
Going into the second game of that ‘18 season, Taylor started to get a little nervous about what he was seeing on video from rival Chesterfield County school Thomas Dale High, especially after Bird had barely slipped by with a win in the first week against Meadowbrook High, another Chesterfield County school.
So, Taylor dug back in the video archives to see what kind of mad scientist concoction he could come up with to confuse Thomas Dale. He went right to video of former Bird defensive back and quarterback Anthony Harris, who is entering his sixth season with the Minnesota Vikings after tying last season for the NFL lead in interceptions with six.