Junior Brett Loader

Junior Brett Loader breaks up an Irish pass on a two point conversion try in Friday’s 20-19 loss to Chapman. 

   Last Friday night, Oct. 8, the Clay Center Tigers hosted Chapman in a week three district matchup with both teams needing a win to keep their postseason hopes alive. 

Clay Center with its potent offensive unit took the opening kick-off and started on their own 29. Carter Long opened things up with a four-yard rush followed by Lane Musselman with a six-yard run. Junior quarterback Mark Hoffman busted loose for a 57-yard gain behind the big guys upfront, to give the Tigers first-and-goal. Hoffman scored three plays later on a one-yard quarterback keeper. The PAT missed just left as Clay Center took an early 6-0 lead with 8:33 in the first.