By Gary Lloyd
AUBURN — This little piggy plays big.
Clay-Chalkville junior quarterback Ty Pigrome showed out against Niceville (Fla.) on Aug. 22, proving himself as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the state. He capped his junior season with a five-touchdown, MVP performance against No. 3 Saraland.
Pigrome completed 15-of-20 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. His lone interception was on a tipped ball. He rushed 14 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns.
Pigrome finishes the season with 61 total touchdowns. He threw for 36, rushed for 24 and caught one. He amassed 3,952 yards of offense this season.
“I’m just very excited for me and my team,” Pigrome said. “We were pushed over the summer, and the team was down a ways and we just had to prove a point.”
Head coach Jerry Hood said he played an “outstanding game.”
“When it was go time he ran the ball well, and the big throws he made, my goodness,” Hood said. “Being able to strike quickly was huge.”
Junior wide receiver T.J. Simmons was on the receiving end of five of Pigrome’s 15 completions. He racked up 165 receiving yards and an 80-yard touchdown.
“He did great,” Simmons said. “I love my quarterback.”
Pigrome now brings a Class 6A state championship back to Clay-Chalkville for the first time since 1999.
“It means a lot,” he said. “It was my first year starting and I didn’t believe in myself, but all my coaches and teammates did.”
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