Saturday, September 3, 2011

Clay County 58 - Beulah 0

By Steve Haslam

Due to approaching Clay Bowl festivities, as well as an upcoming Senior Night, Clay County coaching staff decided to make Friday, September 2nd an early Homecoming for Clay County High School. Prior to the first whistle, various females making up the senior high Homecoming Court were ushered on to the field in bright colored dresses, and with bright shiny smiles. Wearing a long black dress, senior and dance line member Erika Smith was crowned Homecoming Queen for 2011.

Coach Herron Inc. showed that they had worked out any kinks in their system that may have shown up in their last game against Randolph County. The panthers marched down the field in their first series and throughout the first half, using massive runs by Lamar Jones and passing from Shawncey Simmons.

While the Panthers would complete a few passes on the night, the running game took over with close to 300 yards gained. An incredible defense, which led the Panthers in their last game, continued their reign, nabbing three interceptions and forcing three fumbles. One interception, perhaps the crowd’s choice for Play of the Game, came towards the end of the first half, when 270 pound Nose Guard Jaylan Ackles intercepted a lateral and ran it back for a touchdown.

The Panthers didn’t leave much room for breathing, logging in 40 plus points prior to the end of the first half. Members of Coach Herron’s starting squad were kept off the field for the remainder of the game. The Panthers dismantled the Bobcats 58 – 0, holding Beulah to only two first downs on the evening.

While the Clay Bowl is probably the most anticipated game this season, if Coach Herron’s team is to make their goal of reaching the State tournament, next week’s game against Leeds, and the following week’s game against Handley will make or break the Panthers’ season.

With the win over Beulah, the Panthers improve to 2-0 on the season and face Leeds next week at home.

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