GARDENDALE -- The #1 Clay-Chalkville Cougars rolled to a 56-0 win over Gardendale in a Class 6A, Region 6 game at Driver Stadium on Friday night. The Cougars dominated the game for four quarters in the win.
Clay-Chalkville (4-0, 2-0) has so much speed on the team it showed out in this region win for the Cougars. "We came out and played well," said Cougars head coach Drew Gilmer. "We challenged our guys and they responded. Very proud of our team the way they fought and it was a total team effort. Our defense was outstanding. We did great job of tackling and rallying to the football. It setup our offense all night. Speed kills and getting the ball to our playmakers and let them make plays. Same way on our defense, let our speed run and attack."
Clay-Chalkville started the scoring with 3:23 left in the first quarter on a Ed Osley 1-yard touchdown run. A Rodriquez Johnson two-point conversion gave the Cougars an early 8-0 lead. With 1:09 left in the first quarter, Khalib Johnson connected with Jaylen Mbakwe on a 13-yard touchdown pass for a Cougars score. Osley scored on the two-point conversion and Clay-Chalkville led 16-0.
Right before the half, on a fourth and 13 play at midfield, the Cougars decided to go for it and it was the right decision as Johnson hit Marquarius White on a huge pass play setting up a first down at the Rockets 8-yard line. "That is the confidence we have for each other," said Cougar QB Johnson. "That is the confidence our OC has in me and our offensive line giving me the time to throw it. Great team win for us."
A few plays later, Johnson called his own number and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. Johnson scored on the two-point conversion and with only :07 seconds left in the half, Clay-Chalkville led 24-0.
With 8:06 left in the third quarter, Osley scored his second touchdown of the game on a 6-yard touchdown run on a fourth down play right up the middle of the defense. Osley scored on the two-point conversion and the Cougars led 32-0. With 4:38 left in the third quarter, Johnson threw long to Jaylen Mbakwe on a 43-yard touchdown pass play for the Cougars. Johnson scored on the two-point conversion and the Cougars were up 40-0 on a good Gardendale team.
In the fourth quarter, defensive back Jayden Sweeney picked up a loose fumble and setup the Cougars final touchdown. With 2:46 left in the game, Cam'ron Williams scored on a 1-yard run for Clay-Chalkville and they went up big 46-0. The Cougars were 5-of-6 with the two-point conversions in the game. The Cougars kicker was out for this game and this was the game plan that was put in place.
For Clay-Chalkville, Johnson completed 10-of-17 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns on the night. For the season, the Louisville verbal commit has completed 44-of-64 passing for 758 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. Add in his 45 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns on the ground. Not a bad start for the senior quarterback. "We didn't take these guys lightly, we had a great week of practice," said Johnson. "We believe we have the best offense in 6A and we just have to keep working to get it better."
Osley rushed for 136 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. For the season, Osley has 520 yards on 64 carries and 8 touchdowns. "Our good game started off with a good mind set from coming with good practice days," said Cougars RB Osley. "This was big and we wanted to give good effort. I thank the O-line for getting that push for us running backs. They did a great job of creating space for us tonight. I've worked real hard on my craft and I just want to keep improving. I thank Coach L for training me and helping me work on my craft on Saturdays." Osley had a great offseason workout program with Step By Step Sports Training and it shows this season. You can see the confidence he has brought to his game.
Williams rushed for 23 yards on eight carries and the touchdown. Mbakwe had three receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns along with White who had 3 receptions for 51 yards. Mario Craver added two receptions for 11 yards. Clay-Chalkville had 373 total yards compared to only 65 total yards for Gardendale.
Up next, Clay-Chalkville will host Minor as Gardendale will travel to Jasper.