Khalib Johnson scored three times in the first half and added three more touchdowns in the second as second-seed Clay-Chalkville took a 46-14 victory over seventh-ranked Jackson-Olin in the table. Friday’s Class 6A, Region 6 showdown at Jerry Hood Field. at Cougar Stadium in Clay.
The Cougars (6-0, 4-0) opened the game with a grueling 13-game practice, capping possession with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Mario Craver, and recovered a fumble at the 33-line. Jackson yards. -Olin on the kick-off that followed. Clay-Chalkville scored on the next play as Johnson connected with Tennessee committing Marquarius White for a 33-yard touchdown pass.
Jackson-Olin went back to start his next practice but, facing 3rd and 14 at his 35-yard line, quarterback Malek Lowe escaped the pressure and found Amarion Brown wide open for a touchdown pass. 65 yards to cut the Clay-Chalkville lead to 14-6 late in the first quarter.
Clay-Chalkville responded with another long drive but failed to convert a 4th and a goal on the 1-yard line.
The Mustangs returned the ball to the downs with a false punt on the next possession and Johnson found White for a 35-yard touchdown pass two plays later for a 22-6 halftime lead.
Coming out of the break, the Cougars forced a three-and-out on Jackson-Olin’s first offensive possession and pulled off a 14-point campaign, taking a 28-6 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass. from Johnson to White.
Clay-Chalkville opened the game in the last quarter as Johnson threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Craver and called his own number on a 4-yard touchdown run.
Defensive back Jayden Sweeney put the final nail in the coffin with 2:21 left as he stepped past a Lowe pass and returned the 40-yard interception for a score.
Jackson-Olin (5-1, 2-1) managed to add a touchdown to open the fourth quarter, scoring on a 1-yard run from defensive lineman Jourdin Crawford.
Game Star: Johnson. Louisville’s commitment was 17 for 25 passes with 238 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran three times for 13 yards and one score.
“We have made great efforts. Came out slow but picked it up in the second half and put more points on the board. I’m very happy and proud of these guys tonight, ”he said.
Keystrokes: After closing the lead to 28-14 early in the fourth quarter, Jackson-Olin allowed the Cougars to score on back-to-back shots before throwing a 40-yard intercept return for a touchdown.
In numbers : 5, the number of sacks by the Clay-Chalkville defense and the number of rushing yards by Jackson-Olin. 3, the number of touchdowns scored by Johnson in each half. … 2, the number of wins in the two-game series for Clay-Chalkville.
Statistics Sheet: Clay-Chalkville –Edward Osley led the rush with 18 carries for 69 yards, adding three catches for 35 yards, and Rodreckus Johnson had 39 yards on seven rushing attempts. White was the Cougars’ top receiver, recording seven receptions for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and Craver finished with three catches for 75 yards and two scores.
Jackson-Olin – Lowe was 20 in 29 passes with 259 yards and a touchdown and an interception. Kason Jones led the rushing attack with eight carries for 20 yards and Brown had nine catches for 171 yards and a touchdown.
Coachspeak: “Great victory for our ball team. Very proud of our guys and the way they responded and responded tonight. Really happy for our guys. – Drew Gilmer from Clay-Chalkville
He said it : “We put it in practice this week. We were focused, played our game and did what we had to do to get the win. – Sweeney
And after? Clay-Chalkville greets Mortimer Jordan while Jackson-Olin visits Jasper.