Times Sports Editor
The North Clay football teams put forth dominant efforts for a half each against a shorthanded South Vermillion squad on Thursday evening.
In the seventh-grade contest, couldn't get much going on either side of the ball as North Clay's Austin Huey took the opening handoff from Thomas Hess and raced to paydirt for a touchdown. Unfortunately, the play was called back due to holding. Huey didn't mind as he took the hand off on the second play and raced 28-yards for the TD to get the Knights on the board. Tayler Bell converted a two-point run for an 8-0 advantage.
South Vermillion took over after the kick-off, but their possession was short-lived as Braelyn Compton scooped up a fumble and scored on a 20-yard return. Bell's conversion put the Knights up 16-0 in a blink.
The Wildcats struggled for much of the game with their quarterback to running back exchanges and it bit them again the following drive as North Clay's Hunter Sullivan scooped up another fumble. This time it was Hess that called his own number and raced to the corner and scored from 16 yards out. Huey converted the run for a 24-0 lead.
The Knights forced a third fumble on the next South Vermillion drive with 4:27 left in the first quarter and one play later it was Huey that broke free for a 30-yard TD run with Dylan Hyatt plowing ahead for the two-point conversion and a 32-0 lead.
Hyatt's conversion run was simply a warm-up for what came next as North Clay's defense halted South Vermillion and forced a punt that Hyatt hauled in and raced 65 yards to the endzone. He also converted the extra point run for a 40-0 lead. Hyatt wasn't done either as he grabbed the next punt from the Wildcats and scored from 35 yards out.
The final score of the first half came after Micah Harris pounced on the fourth lost fumble from the Wildcats. Mickey Sparks scored on a one-yard plunge to end the half.
In the eighth-grade portion of the game, North Clay was led by quarterback Tucker Stewart, who completed six-of-eight passes for 90 yards and a pair of two-point conversions. Stewart also had TD runs of 25 and 45 yards respectively. His passes went to four different wide receivers as Dalton Shaw caught two passes with a two-point conversion and Ben Girton had two receptions along with a TD run of 30 yards. Liam Jones added a two-point conversion catch and Hunter Reagan also had a catch.
Levi Riggle capped off the Knights' scoring with a 15-yard score.
The Knights' defense had a strong team effort, allowing only one first down the entire half and was led by Jacob Dean, who had six tackles.
North Clay hosts Owen Valley on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.