A perfect season for one of Alabama's top teams
Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
January 2, 2015
In head coach Jerry Hood’s sixth season as the man-in-charge for Clay-Chalkville, the Cougars saw unprecedented success. Hood’s team finished the season undefeated and knocked off Saraland, 36-31 in the Class 6A State Championship game.
The victory over Saraland marked the programs second State Championship, and first since 1999.
2014 was an unblemished season for the Cougars who finished the year a perfect 15-0 for the first time in school history. 2014 also saw several offensive team records set including most points scored in a season (731) and in a single game (85). They averaged 48.7 points per game and scored at least 35 in each contest.
The championship game was nothing short of spectacular as well, but leading up to the game, the Cougars dominated nearly every opponent, defeating all but one opponent by double-digits.
The Cougars started the year off by defeating Florida's Niceville High School, 44-23. Then rattled off three straight home victories over Minor, Hillcrest Tuscaloosa and Huffman by a combined score of 161-54. They then managed a 10-point victory at Pinson Valley, 45-35 before their lone bye week.
Two of their next three games, the Cougar defense held opponents to single digits, allowing six points against Center Point and eight points against Woodlawn. Clay-Chalkville ended their regular season with consecutive road games, a victory over Gardendale, 45-20 and a win over Hewitt-Trussville, 59-28 in the regular season finale.
The opening round of the AHSAA Class 6A Playoffs pitted the Cougars against Scottsboro High School. Defenses had trouble stopping either offense that night as the two teams combined to score the most points in a single game, in AHSAA history at 135. Clay-Chalkville’s 85 points were the most ever in school history, but more importantly were more than the 50 they allowed to Scottsboro.
The Cougars advanced to the third round with a 35-14 victory over Muscle Shoals before trouncing Decatur, 38-10 to move into the state semifinal game. After proving to be no match for Florence by means of a 35-21 victory, coach Hood’s team would move on to the Class 6A State Championship game against Saraland at Jordan-Hare Stadium, home of the Auburn Tigers.
This State Championship lacked nothing. Lead changes, momentum swings, big plays, turnovers and two very evenly matched teams left everything on the field in a game for the ages in the 6A ranks.
After swapping scores in the first few possessions, the Cougars built a 16-7 halftime lead on two short touchdown runs by quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. Saraland however, would score 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 24-16 lead before Pigrome would answer again.
With just 2:35 remaining in the third quarter and with his team down by eight points, Pigrome hit wide receiver Dominique Collins for 17 yards and a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion left the Cougars trailing 24-22 headed into the final quarter.
Pigrome would not be denied in the fourth quarter as he hit tight end Terrell Simmons for 80 yards and the go-ahead score, with under six minutes left in the game. However, Saraland would answer on their very next possession on fourth down, via a Tyler Sims 23-yard touchdown rush. The Spartans led 31-30 with 3:19 left in the game.
Just four plays later, Pigrome would scamper for 48 yards and the eventual game-winning touchdown, his third rushing TD of the game. The Cougars would hold off Saraland on their last ditch effort on fourth down, defeating the Spartans, 36-31.
Congrats to @cchsfoobal on their 6A state title! pic.twitter.com/tdPH0fajgM— Super 7 (@AHSAA_football) December 6, 2014
Pigrome finished the game completing 15-of-20 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing the ball 14 times for 124 yards and those three touchdowns.
Pigrome was named MVP and along with Simmons and defensive lineman Nick McDaniel were all named to the AHSAA 1st Team All State. Offensive lineman Justin Daniel, defensive lineman Kendell Jones, Collins and running back Terrelle West were named to the AHSAA 2nd Team All-State while kicker Patrick Millican was named Honorable Mention.
A look at the statistical breakdown for the Cougars during their impressive run in 2014 (All stats reflect the data recorded on behalf of Clay-Chalkville):
Offensive stat leaders
Rushing: Terelle West (1230 yards)
Passing: Tyrrell Pigrome (1630 yards)
Receiving: Terrell Simmons (583 yards)
All-Purpose: Terelle West (1533 yards)
Rush attempts: Terelle West (122 carries)
Receptions: Terrell Simmons (28 catches)
Defensive stat leaders
Total tackles: Terry Brown (56.5)
Tackles for loss: Kendell Jones (11)
Pass break ups: Kameron Prewitt (21)
Interceptions: Kameron Prewitt (3)
Follow along next season for more updates from the Cougars and receive up-to-the-minute stat updates from their games by following @NFHS_Scoreboard on Twitter.