Versailles (13-1) faces Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (10-2) at London High School. In Division VI, Coldwater (12-2) faces West Jefferson (13-1) at Piqua High School. In Division VII, Marion Local (14-0) meets Bascom Hopewell-Loudoun (13-1) at Lima Senior High School. The state finals for all three divisions are next Saturday in Canton.
Versailles is playing in the state semifinals for the first time since 2004 in pursuit of a seventh state title and first one since 2003.
“The job’s not finished,” Bey said. “I think we all know the mission, and we’re not going to stop until we get there.”
Bey’s personal mission is threefold: leadership, offense and defense.
“He knows what to say, when to say it,” Versailles coach Ryan Jones said. “He’s a vocal leader, and he’s a leader by example. And he’s super responsible. You can count on him. You can trust him. Everybody trusts him. And nobody outworks him. He’s a well-rounded leader.”
Bey says his role on offense is to keep the team relaxed and trusting in each other.
“No. 1 he’s a great passer,” Jones said. “He can hit the deep throws and the short throws. He sees the defense well, so he knows when not to throw it and where to go with it. And he’s a runner, so you can’t key on our tailback. That really expands our offense and stresses the defense when you’ve got two guys in the backfield that can run.”
Bey says he has improved on defense this year. If he plays college football, he said it will be on defense at the Division II or III level. He’s also hearing from colleges about wrestling.
“What makes him a good linebacker is he’s very physical, he understands technique,” Jones said. “A lot of times he has to set the edge and he attacks it, and he understands the concept of the defense and what his role is.”
For at least one more game, maybe two, Bey will be a quarterback and linebacker.
“You know what they say,” Bey said. “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”
He’s done a lot of winning. Now, he and his other two-way teammates are trying to win it all.