Two teams off one exit down Interstate 59, separated by two miles of road.
The top-ranked team in Class 6A, Clay Chalkville hosted Hewitt-Trussville for their annual rivalry game.
The Huskies played their first game without Zach Thomas. He broke his leg last week. And the first possession of Hewitt’s Davis Burgin threw an interception to JaMarlin Sewell. That interception set up a 57-yard touchdown from Ty Pigrome to Desmond Williams
But on the very next drive, Hewitt’s Grayson Cash scored a 79-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper in the wildcat formation to tie it up 7-7.
The scoring continued to go back and forth. Clay’s Ty Pigrome threw a touchdown pass of 45 yards to Alabama commit TJ Simmons but the point after attempt was no good so Clay was only up 13-7.
The very next possession, Jarrion Street broke up the middle of the defense, made two guys miss and scored a 79-yard touchdown to take the lead 14-13 for the Huskies.
Clay scored again on a short run by Pigrome to make it 20-14. But on fourth and six, Davis Burgin threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Ed Johnson to take the lead 21-20.
Clay’s Ty Pigrome then made a play that only he could. He juked three defenders, ran another one over and then stepped in the end zone from 29 yards out to take the Cougars in at the half leading 34-28.
In the second half, Clay fumbled and Hewitt recovered on the 25-yard line. Then, Davis Burgin found Noah Igbinoghine for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Hewitt took the lead again 35-34. But in the final quarter, Ty Pigrome made some excellent runs and throws to seal the victory for the Cougars.
They scored three more times and finished off Hewitt 53-35.
Hewitt finished the regular season at 6-4, but it is in the playoffs next week.
Clay Chalkville won its 25th straight game and will host the first round next week.
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