By Erik Harris
CLAY – Stuart Floyd, a former player for current Clay-Chalkville head coach Jerry Hood, took the reins of the Cougars’ offense in 2011. Jump forward four years and the Clay-Chalkville offense he’s been operating can be found at the top of many scoring categories in state history.
The 2015 season is still in its infant stages, but Floyd’s unit has already taken pole position in another Alabama high school scoring category. He and the Cougars have now overtaken Sweet Water’s 2007-08 run of 22 consecutive games scoring 30 or more points.
A 41-7 drubbing of Huffman last Friday made it 24 consecutive outings that Clay-Chalkville had posted 30 or more points. The last time they were held under that mark was in a 24-21 loss at Gadsden City in 2013.
Floyd’s unit has also set an all-time mark for scoring 20 or more points in 66 straight contests, dating back to 2010 (a year prior to Floyd’s regime). Hoover’s dynasty, built by former coach Rush Propst, strung together 56 games scoring as many points from 2001-04, but a close third doesn’t exist.
On his promotion from the receiver’s coach to offensive coordinator in 2011, Floyd had this to say: “I wasn’t even sure if I was even capable of doing a good job, I didn’t really know.”
En route to the program’s second state title last season, they also tied a mark previously set by three other schools by hanging 40 or more on 11 straight opponents. That extraordinary streak tied the Cougars with Brantley (2012), Deshler (2004) and Berry Fayette (2010-11).
Although he’s already cemented his face on the proverbial Mount Rushmore of all-time Alabama prep offenses, Floyd, the son of a longtime Tarrant High School football coach, seldom thinks on his growing body of work.
“I don’t look at it right now. That’s something I’ll probably look at 20 years down the road and just think back on, but it’s just not something I dwell on now,” Floyd said.
“(The streak) will end at some point and it’ll be a big deal when it does, but if we win, it doesn’t matter.”
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