North Clay's seventh grade football improved to 2-0 on the season with a road victory against Owen Valley on Wednesday evening, 32-6.
The Knights opened the scoring early with a 60-yard blind bootleg run by quarterback Kodie Girton who found paydirt to garner North Clay a quick 6-0 lead after a failed two-point conversion.
On the Patriots opening possession, North Clay's defense stood tall and forced a fumble that led to a 25-yard touchdown run by halfback, Chance Talbot. On the conversion attempt, Girton found halfback Damon Hyatt in the endzone for a 14-0 lead.
In the second period, Owen Valley got on the board when they scored on a 30-yard run around the leftside to make the score 14-8.
North Clay wasted little time in bouncing back as Talbot raced 40 yards into Owen Valley territory. The next play from scrimmage, Hyatt scored on a 40-yard cutback run to earn the Knights a 20-8 halftime lead.
Owen Valley got the opening kickoff in the second half, but North Clay clamped down on defense to force a punt. Hyatt would again find the endzone when he broke out for a 70-yard touchdown scamper and a 26-8 lead.
The Patriots would score another TD on a QB run around the leftside to get within 26-14, but North Clay's Cam Guy capped the scoring with a late TD.
On defense, Talbot and Hyatt were key to North Clay's success along with Girton at his weak safety position and Tanner Glenn at his nose position.
Defensive highlights included a fumble recovery by Aaron See and a 65-yard interception return by Dillon Reynolds.
The Knights will be back in action, at home versus Cascade on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m.
North Clay 8th grade football
The eighth grade Knights came up a bit short in their own quest for a victory versus the Patriots despite a 307 yard, three TD evening from quarterback Trent Lancaster.
Sean Houser, Zac Niehaus and Jordan King were the recipients of the scoring throws from Lancaster.
The defense was able to intercept a pair of Patriot passes and recover two fumbles but also turned the ball over four times themselves and committed 120 yards in penalties in the 28-22 defeat.
With their backs against the wall late in the contest, a key fumble recovery and return by Hunter Robertson deep in Patriots' territory seemed to give the Knights new life. However, a costly penalty negated the play and brought North Clay back into their own end to finish the threat.
The eighth grade squad will look to get back on track on Wednesday versus the Cadets as well.