Offense already clicking for No. 2 Clay-Chalkville
By Gary Lloyd
Clay-Chalkville offensive coordinator Stuart Floyd has a fun job.
A sturdy offensive line blocks for one of the Birmingham metro area’s best quarterbacks in senior Hayden Moore, a Cincinnati verbal commitment, who hands off to senior Sidney Battle and junior Terrelle West. There are a few other backs who would likely start at other Class 6A schools. Should a passing play be called, Moore can go left to senior Brian Clark or right to junior Eric Blockum. If everything breaks down, Moore can take off and drag defenders with him.
Class 6A No. 2 Clay-Chalkville totaled more than 500 yards of offense against Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night, a 56-14 drubbing of the Cougars’ rival.
“I’m not sure we’re a good gauge for them or not,” said Hewitt-Trussville head coach Hal Riddle. “They have a lot of weapons.”
The weapons were lethal.
West rushed 14 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 53 yards. Battle rushed just five times, but two carries went for scores. Moore completed 13-of-17 passes for 236 yards and a couple scores. He totaled 71 rushing yards on just six carries. Clark caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Blockum had three receptions for 42 yards and a score.
Battle looked at the 56 points on the scoreboard and said it wasn’t enough.
“We’ve got to keep working,” he said.
Clay-Chalkville scored a school-record 506 points in 14 games last season. It scored more than 50 points three times, but never more than 52.
“They’re multi-dimensional,” Riddle said.
West agreed with Battle, saying no matter how many points the offense may score, it must keep pushing.
“I think we have to push ourselves every game,” West said. “We can’t be satisfied.”
Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood said there are improvements to be made offensively, especially with West, who fumbled one time. He’d like to see 15- and 20-yard runs consistently, not the occasional run “to the house.” He was, however, pleased with his team’s effort against Hewitt-Trussville.
“We did a good job,” he said. “We did what we expected to do.”
Clark said the team put in a lot of work over the summer and it has fallen into place, at least for one game.
“We can go all the way if we keep our heads on straight,” Clark said. “We need to get better every week.”
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