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  1. 3

    Ched Z. Cole

    Robi Miller Cole Joanna Miller Lucia

  2. 6

    Rhonda Michelle

    Everybody I know was upset when we found out the game would no longer be played. Most of the parents and students of Trussville want the game.

  3. 8

    Pete Blank

    The powers that be should work hard to figure this out. A lot of these kids go to church together, play in other leagues together, and know each other. I would appreciate if HT would reach out to CC and get this fixed. HT and CC are neighbors and need to be treated as such.

  4. 9

    Carl Crow

    You cant blame clay. Trussville should keep the rivalry going

  5. 10

    Matt Coleman

    You can’t blame clay at all .you can’t pick and chose what sports play against them

  6. 11

    Matt Coleman

    What’s the deal trussville scared clay football will embarrass trussville

  7. 13

    Tara Harmon

    Petty crap! Sounds like kids making decisions instead of adults to me!

  8. 15

    Kevin Small

    Good for Mr Lee. They should have done this when Trussville first backed out of Paws and Claws.

  9. 16

    Erin Kinnaird

    Probably. They used to do it all the time, lol.

  10. 17

    Karen Frame Rodda

    How sad. I know it was a fun rivalry for years to be a part of.

  11. 19

    Ricky Baker

    Sad part is the Trussville football coach is not from this area and all he cares about is scheduling teams he can beat so he can keep his ridiculously high salary.

  12. 20

    Paula Ervin

    I really hate this. We have a lot of friends in Trussville and our kids enjoy playing sports together (travel baseball) and against each other at school events.

  13. 23

    Chris Amick

    Hewitt’s ducking Clay. To be the man you gotta beat the man

  14. 24

    Heather Peacock

    RIP paws and claws games

  15. 26

    Kathy Sills

    Maybe we need to get back to the real point…teaching academics…sports is secondary…

  16. 27

    John Hollock

    HT tired of getting whipped by the Cougars in football.

  17. 28

    Melanie Cook Strength

    I guess I’m behind the times, but I didn’t think the high schools set their own schedules.

  18. 29

    Eddy Bonner

    The band always made a lot of money on the concessions from this game. We went from making money to spending tons of money going to away games at far away places.

  19. 31

    Christina Parker Miller

    HT can agree to play CCHS in their non-regional games during scheduling. HT has refused to play the last cpl of years.

  20. 32

    Melanie Cook Strength

    Christina Parker Miller thank you for clarification

  21. 33

    Kathy Sills

    Btw 2 great academic schools..

  22. 34

    Matthew Belter

    Can’t say that I blame ’em.

  23. 35

    Karen Everett

    Still should have finished out the games promised this season. That was wrong on his part. He promised those games in those sports knowing they would not meet on the football field this past season and then to go back on his word. Kind of low down on his part also

  24. 37

    Remus Daniels

    Good job Mr Lee. My only complaint is you should have done it a couple of years ago.

  25. 39

    Shannon Harris

    I just got through reading this. Hewitt won’t give in. Next year Hewitt moves to the same region as Hoover, Mt Brook and Spain Park. Our 5 star running back from Florence just enrolled at Hewitt last week. Wonder how that happened. Lol🤑

  26. 41

    Ricky Baker

    Seems a lot of players are transferring in to Hewitt. Wonder why myself.

  27. 44

    Joey Blalock

    That’s correct! Trussville has nothing to gain but a lot to lose by getting trounced by a 6a school! Kinda like no big time college football teams gonna fill their non-conference schedule with Central Florida when they can schedule Mercer!

  28. 45

    Joey Blalock

    Kathy Sills I can see your point! These kids can run, jump, and throw but can’t write a check and GOD forbid asking them to fill out a form 1040EZ

  29. 46

    Ryan Freeman

    Seeing that it packs the house when they both play… sounds dumb.. he needs to check his pride and think about keeping revenue to the school…

  30. 47

    Joey Blalock

    Football coaches could care less.

  31. 48

    Joey Blalock

    Money! Hoover has done it for years

  32. 50

    Michael Murray

    Me. Lee has a good point. I hate that the rivalry was ended/put on hold hopefully they will pick it back up

  33. 51

    Terri Franklin-Bayles

    Travis Bayles- what do you think about this?

  34. 52

    Dennis Gray

    The Rivalry in football always packed the stadium. Discontinuing the Paws/Claws game is/was a bad move from an economic standpoint. Everyone involved lives 20 minutes from either school, thereby virtually guaranteeing a full house. If you don’t want to do business on what must be the #1 revenue generating event each year for the schools, why do business at all? It’s stupid to leave money on the table like that, but I guess someone in power has a different agenda in mind.

    So long, Huskies. It was good while it lasted. Call Principal Lee if you change your mind.

  35. 53

    Sharon Dear Bernard

    Has HTHS officials formally announced this or is it just rumor? Makes no sense! We haven’t played football with them for the last two seasons because theymoved Trussville to a different class by some stupid Alabama High School Athletic Association! Trussville Hated it ! It cost The Hewitt Band $30,000 to transport the band to games last season!

  36. 54

    Sharon Dear Bernard

    Christina Parker Miller NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE! Trussville was moved to a different group by the Alabama High School Athletic Association the last two years. Was Not Trussvilles Choice.

  37. 55

    Ronald Hagood Jr.

    HTHS played Center Point last season. Center Point is in the same classification and area as CCHS. CCHS also went on the road and played James Clements, who is the same classification and area as HTHS. Your point is now invalid.

  38. 57

    Bob Greene

    Not to mention the lost revenue from “flagging” tickets….just saying

  39. 58

    Sharon Dear Bernard

    Ronald Hagood Jr. No, you are Wrong!! We in Trussville Hated the last two seasons!! We played games in North Alabama and went to Central Florida and Tennessee. We had Clay-Chalkville on this years schedule.

  40. 59

    Shannon Harris

    Clay has been guilty of moving in basketball players as well

  41. 60

    Jimmy Goeb

    Pretty sure Christina is right

  42. 61

    Jimmy Goeb

    Shannon Harris well if they have it sure hasn’t helped

  43. 62

    Christina Parker Miller

    Sharon yes your regional games moved the last two years to a northern region. Dont worry they moved back for this upcoming season. HOWEVER that had nothing to do with HT not playing CCHS in their non regional games. HT chose not to play the last 2 yrs and it appears they have chose to not play again. This was 100% HT’s decision.

  44. 64

    Christina Parker Miller

    Sharon you are correct…your REGIONAL games were moved the last 2 yrs. That has NOTHING to do with your non regional games!!

  45. 65

    Sharon Dear Bernard

    Ronald Hagood Jr. Last year we played
    Call away
    Gadsden City
    Grissom
    Buckhorn
    Center Point
    Bob Jones
    Sparkman
    Huntsville
    James Clemens
    Florence
    Spain Park
    Hoover

  46. 66

    Christina Parker Miller

    Sharon…HT is 7A…they will never be in Clays divisional regional games because we are 6A. We can only play non-regional games against each other. HT decided to NOT play CCHS!

  47. 67

    Shannon Harris

    Jimmy Goeb 2007. Pretty sure both players were ruled ineligible

  48. 68

    Ricky Mills

    It is true that Trussville has to play the other 7 schools in their region, but they have 3 OTHER FRIDAY DATES FOR NON REGION GAMES. The Administration at THS chose to dodge CCHS for the past 2 year classification cycle/ playing contracts. The AHSAA has just released the new set of classifications for the next 2 years. Once again, ALL schools that want to participate in the state championship program must schedule the other teams in their region. Depending on how many teams in the region, schools will have 3 or 4 non region game slots that they can sign a contract with. Trussville has chosen NOT to schedule Clay Chalkville in one of their non region slots. As I said 2 years ago, Jack Wood would have NEVER dodged a team in this manner. I rode by the other day and felt a little nostalgic that the stadium bearing his name is gone, but when I see what is going on with the coach and AD, I guess it is for the best!! Principal Michael Lee is doing what is best for CCHS.

  49. 71

    Christina Parker Miller

    There is the article. HT stopped the rivalry game

  50. 74

    Lynne Denard Gilliam

    Crazy thing to do, guess they got tired of getting whipped every year.

  51. 75

    Kelli Penque

    Actually, our football team has tremendously excelled in the past couple of years and those coaches they have on board changed lives. My brother played from 75# youth all the way until his senior year this year, and I have to say the confidence that grew out of him recently was huge. He’s going on a full ride to South Alabama and doing their pre-accepted medical school program for the next seven years. Must be that “terrible” coaching and Hewitt education.

  52. 76

    Kelli Penque

    I feel like everyone that cares is from Clay-Chalkville, because I do not see an issue with this. I honestly wish they would have implemented all of this while I was there

  53. 77

    Jennifer Chinnis Lawley

    So CCS literally took their balls and went home?

  54. 78

    Ricky Baker

    I did not say anything about the education. Trussville provides a high quality of education. I also did not say the coaches could not coach. If you will my comment I said they schedule weak teams so they can have a winning record and keep their high pay. I have many Trussville friends who agree with that statement and wished they played a better schedule which would end up with better games and bigger crowds.

  55. 79

    Kay Saruse Vinson

    All I know is when there’s conflict Dr. Patti Neill can’t comment because she’s out of “town”! It was like that when the atheist pitched a fit about the Anthem being sung at the football game. ‍♀️

  56. 80

    Sunny Taylor Love

    It’s been two years since they played each other in football.

  57. 81

    Sunny Taylor Love

    It’s obvious from some of these comments that many didn’t even read the article….

  58. 82

    Eric Leslie

    So what does that have to do with the football schedule?

  59. 83

    Eric Leslie

    Not about this past season, it’s about next season.

    Trussville isn’t even going to return his call, I understand his point.

  60. 84

    Angela Kinsey

    The Clay Chalkville football coach wanted to play Hewitt last season but Hewitt football coaches decided to play the team from Mississippi instead

  61. 85

    Eric Leslie

    Why should he help Trussville Athletics when they’re basically disrespecting school?

  62. 86

    Andrew Sizemore

    If its best for the image of hewitt trussville to discontinue playing clay chalkville in football. It is best for clay chalkville to discontinue playing hewitt in any sport.

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  64. 88

    Eric Leslie

    You might have hated it, the powers that be at HTHS would rather play Center Point instead of CCHS.

    not sure how this is difficult to understand.

  65. 89

    William Kennedy

    Once Hewitt pussed out in football, I wouldn’t play them in anything else either.

    Shame. It meant a lot to a lot of people.

  66. 91

    Eric Leslie

    Just so it’s clear, both teams had a non-region game on 9/29

    Clay played James Clemens, Hewitt scheduled Center Point.

    Hewitt could have easily, and literally, played ball and schedule CCHS that weekend.

  67. 92

    Christina Parker Miller

    Yep. HT played CP who had over 20 plus consecutive losses 🤔

  68. 93

    Marc Ward

    Sharon Dear Bernard we didn’t go to Florida (thank goodness) to play

  69. 94

    Sherri Davidson Blank

    I 100% disagree with my husband, and one of my favorite things was to stand on my back deck and watch the flaggers drive up and down Deerfoot and think about how great it was going to be when my kids got to do it. However, while I enjoyed the rivalry, I totally understand the business decision being made. We play in a physically punishing region. We play strategically difficult games at the beginning of each year that bring us national attention. In 7-A we have to play the maximum number of regular season games (some divisions play one less because there are less teams). The coach was hired to win games and get college attention for our student athletes. No one can argue that winning seasons, playoff breaths, and more national recognition leads to increased attention for our boys. Look at the fabulous FBS scholarships our boys are receiving! Kudos to Clay. You have a great team. A challenging game. An emotional game. A loss could affect the mental state of these kids and a win doesn’t do anything to help us in our quest to win our division. Look at colleges. They play a few lesser challenging schools to give these kids a break from the physical punishment they face each week. Why don’t our even younger students deserve the same? These decisions had the best interest of the kids at heart instead of the good ole boy network. I love rivalries as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s not what’s best for the kids. The coach’s or athletic director’s job is not to do things that make the adults in the community happy, it is to do what’s best for student athletes and win games-which HT is doing!

  70. 95

    Sherri Davidson Blank

    PS – we’ve argued loudly about this topic for the last 45 minutes.

  71. 97

    Heather Peacock

    I used it as a general term for all the CCHS vs HTHS games

  72. 98

    Pete Blank

    As much as I love my wife, she couldn’t be more wrong on this issue. I am so sick and tired about everything being about winning and losing and the almighty dollar. This rivalry has been going on for over 40 years and yet we have to now stop it because we might lose? Let the kids play! It’s what they want to do anyways.

  73. 99

    Sherri Davidson Blank

    Spoken from a loser gator fan. Roll Tide- Go Huskies!

  74. 101

    Matthew Harmon

    Big deal. It’s done in college all the time. Bigger schools scared to play smaller ones. That’s why UCF went undefeated and couldn’t get any higher than #6. I guarantee you Bama would be scared to play UCF right now. They would rather schedule a Mercer.

  75. 103

    Karen Everett

    Then remove them from next seasons schedule not this season.

  76. 104

    Peggy Dorriety Jones

    I think it’s terrible of Clay to just drop out of other sports in the middle of the season. The basketball players that won’t get to play their games and all others sports they dropped, it means the kids will miss the opportunity to play those games. Sounds like they got mad and took their ball & went home. I could understand if they didn’t schedule for the next school year but in the middle of the year. Stupid!

  77. 105

    Cathy Bean Gamble

    Agree with Kathy Sills CCHS has a good football program but the ACT scores are horrible especially for Jefferson County… Maybe this should be more of a concern than the football schedule … HTHS is 7A now… Sounds petty to me since they haven’t played in two years!

  78. 107

    Madison Blank

    As a former Hewitt Trussville student, which I must mention that neither of my parents are, I side with my father. That is all I have to say 🙂

  79. 108

    Sherri Davidson Blank

    Madison Blank, you are perfectly wrong.

  80. 109

    Ryan Freeman

    It’s about revenue and funding after school curricula. Not choices made on pride of self. You must rise above and take care of what you’re in charge of. Why hurt the athletic departments cause you feel direspected.

  81. 111

    Don Baker

    Sounds like Mr Lee used some great logic to me. The pathetic thing was Trussville dropping Clay from non region play. Blame Trussville here, not Clay

  82. 114

    Molli McCormick

    This is pathetic. As a 2011 graduate from Hewitt who attended Clay Chalkville until 8th grade, this was my favorite high school memories all four years. This is a rivalry. Hewitt should have never dropped Clay from their schedule. Why play random people from a state away when you have great competition 2 miles down the road and it is fun for everyone in the communities. There is absolutely nothing like driving around the other team’s town with your school colors flying behind the truck you are riding in on the day of the big game. Let the kids have fun and worry about out of state games for college.

  83. 115

    Joey Blalock

    Kelli Penque We are talking football! No critical comments! If you read my comment very closely I stated that Trussville has nothing to gain but a lot to lose by playing CCHS!

  84. 116

    Chenise Ryan

    Sherri Davidson Blank – this family exchange is the best part of the entire thread.

  85. 117

    Daniel Vest

    Pete Blank 40 years? Clay-Chalkville wasn’t created until 1996 – breaking away from Hewitt-Trussville. The first game between the two was in 1998.

    #CCHSalum #CO2003

  86. 118

    Gk Elrod

    So you cancelled upcoming basketball games?! I would think the state will step in. Work it out after the season. The kids lose when adults make childish decisions

  87. 121

    Brittany Hogland

    Amber Norman Mr Lee Petty lmao he said has nothing but respect for them, but he doesn’t wanna play a school that doesn’t wanna play ALL sports. So if Hewitt isn’t gonna play us in football he’s canceling everything lmao

  88. 122

    Amber Norman

    i relate to that so hard tbh

  89. 123

    Karen Davidson Bradshaw

    Sherri Davidson Blank , Hahahaha!! I am dying here!! I tend to agree with you though. The coach & AD should have final say.

  90. 124

    Tim Norman

    And the student athletes lose!

  91. 125

    Frank S. Piazza

    Sherri Davidson Blank 👎🏽🧀🧀🧀🍷🍷🍷

  92. 126

    Jeffrey Jones

    Shannon Harris I can tell you! I’m from Florence! AHSAA is aware apparently.

  93. 130

    Pete Blank

    Daniel Vest great point. My hyperbole got away from me there…

  94. 131

    Vickie Aldridge

    This thread😂😂 The Blanks win all around!

  95. 132

    Aaron Beard

    Don’t have to guy back far to see Clay coming under sanctions from the AHSAA for player eligibility

  96. 133

    Tim Meacham

    Cutting out games in the middle of a season is not right. Especially when they have played theor home game. Basketball teams rely on large gates to financially support their programs. Sounds selfish to me. Current commitments should be kept. Maybe there is more to the story than we know.

  97. 134

    Daniel Vest

    Ohhhh, I see what you did there

  98. 135

    Candy Mackey Saab

    HT should change their mascot to a chicken.

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