By Gary Lloyd
CLAY — Clay-Chalkville is taking its talents to Murfreesboro.
The Cougars are part of an agreement that will send them and Hoover north to Tennessee next year to open up the 2015 high school football season.
On Aug. 22, 2015, Clay-Chalkville will take on Blackman (Tenn.) and Hoover will face Oakland (Tenn.) at Middle Tennessee State University’s Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, according to www.nationalhsfootball.com.
Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood said the agreement is “probable at this time.” The website reported that an official announcement is expected Nov. 17.
This means Clay-Chalkville will not host Hoover on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 at Cougar Stadium like originally scheduled. Clay-Chalkville was set to play Thursday, Aug. 21 of this year against the Bucs at Hoover. That game was then canceled when ESPNU lined up Hoover against Miami (Fla.) Central and Clay-Chalkville against Niceville (Fla.).
No. 5 Clay-Chalkville lost to No. 1 Hoover 44-20 in the Class 6A semifinals in 2012, one win away from the state championship game. The Cougars also fell to Hoover 35-27 in the third round of the Class 6A playoffs in 2010.
Blackman (Tenn.) traveled to Hoover on Halloween and lost 35-20. Blackman is currently No. 44 in the National High School Football 100 rankings. Clay-Chalkville is No. 19 and Hoover is No. 23.
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