Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman hands the ball off to Carter Long early in the game against Abilene. Long would go on to rush for 122 yards in the 58-14 victory over the Cowboys. (Photo by Alex Gaines)

Last Friday, Sept. 16, the Clay Center Community High School Tiger football team demolished the undefeated Abilene Cowboys in the CCCHS home opener. Clay Center dominated in almost every category with the only blemish being early penalties, which in the end did not hold Clay Center back. 

Abilene kicked off to begin the game so Clay Center started on their own 27, and immediately drew a delay of game penalty on their first offensive play with a first and 15. After a 25-yard run by Carter Long, back-to-back penalties looked to derail the Tiger offensive unit now facing first and 20. However, Owen Craig busted loose and trucked his way over three Cowboy defenders on his way to a 54-yard gain as Clay Center set up shop on the Abilene 11. Behind great offensive blocking, Brody Hayes immediately hit pay dirt on an 11-yard touchdown run. Jackson Henry’s PAT sailed through the uprights as Clay Center led 7-0 with 9:42 left in the first.