Torrential rain didn’t stop the Clay County Tiger football team from picking up their sixth win of the season Friday night, 22-8 over Magoffin County.
The field turned into a sloppy mud pit by the second quarter and slowed down Clay’s offense.
“We knew going in that this game was going to be tough due to the projected weather for Friday night and all the problems that go along with playing in that type of conditions,” Tiger coach Mike Sizemore said. “The field out there Friday was truly an equalizer and I knew going in that we needed some scores early because the conditions would only worsen the farther into the game that we got and that was the case as we played. The weather did change several things that we wanted to do on offense and we had to adjust some of our sets and the ways that we go about blocking certain plays to help our players out and keep them in a situation to have success. I knew that if we could get the ball on the edge and force them to tackle us on the perimeter that a missed tackle or slip up could lead to points and that did as well.”
The highlight of the night was senior Chandler Hibbard breaking the school’s single season rushing record of 1,565, previously held by Tanner Revis in 2017.
Coach Sizemore said he felt Hibbard had the potential to have this kind of season.
“I knew Chandler had a lot of potential going into this season. He really came on at the end of the year last year and he done a great job for us. We hoped that it would carry over into this season the way that it has. Chandler done a great job preparing himself for this season throughout the year and was in great physical shape to begin the season. It is difficult for a kid to run for that many yards and then contribute on defense as well the way he does,” he said. “The work he has put in during the offseason to prepare himself for the opportunities that came his way is outstanding and he deserves all of the success that comes his way. Chandler is a great example for any kid to follow on how hard you must work to have success and he is completely humble even with the success that has had this season. We also have to give credit to our guys up front, we have a great group for him to run behind and they have got after it all season as well our receivers and Ethan Hacker that have been able to keep teams playing us honest by being explosive in the passing game.”
Hibbard finished the night with 216 yards rushing on 35 attempts. He now has 1,711 yards with one regular season game to play.
Clay’s offense was led by Ethan Hacker with 110 yards passing and two touchdowns. He connected with Dominique Hubbard and Raven Abner for scores. Hubbard finished with three catches for 63 yards and Abner one catch for 47 yards.
D.J. McCulley also added a touchdown. Trevor Day logged a safety for two points and Hibbard connected on a two-point conversion to round out the scoring.