Apparently all Clay Central needed was to get back into its region. After venturing into the toughest of waters in its week five non-region game and suffering its first loss in 14 games, Central found its remedy in a 46-7 region victory over Talladega Friday.
Boyd Ogles threw for four touchdowns and Central was never seriously threatened as the Vols raised their record to 6-1 and moved one step closer to their first region championship under head coach Danny Horn.
Central was coming off a tough 37-30 loss to Pleasant Grove that led to the two teams swapping places in the ASWA Top 10. (Central fell from No. 1 to No. 4, while Pleasant Grove made the jump from No. 4 to No. 1.)
The Vols were efficient against Talladega, needing just 318 yards of offense to score six touchdowns. Four of those came from the arm of Ogles, who entered the game with just four touchdowns passes on the season before doubling that total Friday.
Those touchdown passes went to four different receivers as Jamieon Hunter, Davion Thomas, Elisha McNeil and Jakheim McLemore all scored for the Vols. McLemore added a rushing touchdown, as did Terry Heflin, while Clay Yates kicked his third field goal of the season to round out the scoring for Central.
Ogles finished 8-for-15 for 155 yards and those four TDs. McNeil was the team’s leading rusher with 86 yards on 13 carries.
The win keeps Central in first place in 5A, Region 4 and just two wins away from claiming their first region title in their third year under Horn. The Vols finished as region runners-up in their first two seasons under Horn.
Regardless of last week’s loss or their standing in the region, a third straight state championship remains the goal – and a sensible one – for the Vols.
Central will take on Holtville this week and then close out their region schedule against Tallassee on October 23 after an off week next week.