If you haven't seen Clay-Battelle football play this year, then you're missing out on seeing one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the state. Tristan Haught is the kind of player that gives defensive coordinators headaches.
"He's just a great athlete. He's got such a great arm that our receivers know they can just run 50, 60 yard pass patterns and he'll get it to them," Clay-Battelle Head Coach Ryan Wilson said.
Haught is a third year starter for the CeeBees. He possesses one of the strongest arms in school history and is fun to watch.
His incredible knack for moving the pocket extends the play, giving his receivers enough time to get open and make your jaw drop.
"You know he's a play-maker back there. You don't want to limit that," Wilson added.
"Get one positive yard, or even throw the ball away and take the down. The main thing is don't let any negative plays happen," senior quarterback Tristan Haught.
Last year Haught directed his team to the postseason. At 4-0, he's off to a good start again. But this year he has added a new dimension: His legs.
"Us coaches, we look at it and go, 'yep that's a good call'. We didn't call it. He just took off and ran and makes you look good," said Wilson.
Haught most frequently lines up under center, but he also plays safety, punter and there is even a package that calls for him to line up as a receiver; and he's not just a decoy.
"I played running back and fullback through middle school and I never really played quarterback. But it's been my role the past few seasons," Haught said.
Haught has always been passionate about the game, but didn't start playing until he was in the 7th grade.
"Me and my brother always dressed up as football players for Halloween, every year," he said.
He's taken that passion and an incredible work ethic and now strives for perfection.
"Sometimes he gets upset with himself. He gets down on himself or hard on himself because he's looking for perfection," said Wilson. "I admire that in him."