Photo via Twitter/Bay Harvey.
Sept. 19, 2019 (Matt Goul, Cleveland.com) -- The new quarterback, who few people outside of Cleveland Heights have seen before, lined up Saturday at Shaker Heights to kick an extra point. The snap, too high for his holder, skipped back to the 25-yard line.
Bay Harvey calmly scooped up the football and rolled back to the 30. He lofted up a high-arcing throw toward the end zone off his back foot.
His receiver, Jiovanny Holmes, caught it. Cleveland Heights never looked back during its 50-6 win, and Harvey keeps surprising his new teammates and coaches.
“I saw when it went off the holder’s hands,” Harvey said of the play Saturday. “I was sort of thinking, ‘I’ll dive on this,’ but it bounced into my hand. I saw Jio, who was the wing on the field-goal block. He raised his hand up with no one behind him, so I gave it a shot.”
Harvey ended up at Cleveland Heights for his senior year after asking his parents for a shot to play football and attend school in the United States. Until this summer, he called Switzerland home.
Peter and Anna Harvey have four sons. Bay is their youngest, with older triplets. Born in the United States, he moved with his family as a 4-year-old to a small dairy-farm town of Lenk. His parents, both teachers, called the move a “leap of faith” after an initial work trip as college students. Their sons grew up playing soccer, and Bay can speak three languages — English, German, Swiss German — and is learning a fourth, French.
“Sports for our sons was the way to integrate and learn the language,” said Peter Harvey, now an international educational consultant. “It was the way to really get in tight with people, as sports do.”