JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - It was a 24-21 Clay-Chalkville lead over Gardendale late in the second quarter with the Cougars driving. Quarterback Ty Pigrome lofted the ball to Nico Collins, who bobbled it as he came down on the turf, the ball flew up and Gardendale's Reagan Padgett comes up with it and returns it 104 yards for an apparent pick-six.
The problem is there was an inadvertent whistle after the interception nullifying the score, but the Rockets keep possession, ruled a touchback.
On the next play, Gardendale ran the hook and ladder. On the pitch, the ball was fumbled away and JaMarlin Sewell scooped and scored making it a 10-point Cougars lead at the half.
It was the turning point of the game and the Rockets could never rebound and Clay-Chalkville runs away for a 52-27 victory.
"Gardendale played us hard, but we knew we were going to put it together in the second half and pull away. It's what we've been doing all season long." Gardendale Head coach Matt Plunkett says "the two plays back to back just before the half took the steam out of our team, We never could get the momentum back, but I am proud of our kids, they never quit," Cougars head coach Jerry Hood said.
The win improves Clay-Chalkville to 9-0 heading into the regular season finale against Hewitt-Trussville.
Gardendale slips to 7-2 and plays Pelham before gearing up for the post-season as the runner-up in the region.