HOW GOOD IS FOURTH-RANKED CLAY? - Answer: Good, Clay 39 - Calhoun 13


By Gaylen Duskey, Sports Editor

CLAY - If anyone wonders just how good fourth-ranked Class AA Clay County is, all they would need to do is ask Calhoun County.

The answer: very.

Unbeaten Clay, 4-0, dominated Calhoun, 2-2, Friday night to earn a lopsided 39-13 victory.

The Panthers had three touchdowns from tailback Josh Nutter, who scored on runs of 56 and three yards and added a 35-yard touchdown on a pass interception.

Clay also had a pair of touchdowns from Eric Workman, who caught scoring passes of three and 24 yards from Jeremy Samples.

Calhoun's scores came on two long strikes - a 60-yard pass from Zach Houchin to Derek Roberts in the first quarter and a 51-yard run by Eric Metz in the fourth quarter.

As lopsided as the final score was, it could have been worse had Calhoun not made two great defensive stands deep in its own territory. It twice stopped the Panthers inside the five on downs following a first-and-goal situation.

The scope of Clay's domination could be seen in the game statistics.

For instance Clay had 371 yards rushing to Calhoun's 114. Two Panthers had more than 100 yards with Nutter leading the way with 176 on 18 carries and Austin Mitchell getting 152 more on 19 attempts. Metz led Calhoun with 91 yards on 12 tries.

The Panthers also had a sizeable edge in first downs with 22 while holding Calhoun to four.

Red Devils coach Bucky Stewart said his team needed to regroup and "find some offense" before the next game.

Calhoun will try to end its two-game slide Friday night when it travels to play undefeated Williamstown. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast by WVRC-FM on a tape delay Friday evening.

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