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Clay Chalkville (9-3) hosts Hoover (12-0) 3rd Round AL 6A Playoffs 11.19.10

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Uploaded on Nov 23, 2010

The #9 Clay Chalkville Cougars had made a habit of spotting the competition a large lead early, and then coming back to win in dramatic fashion as they had against Spain Park in Week 10 (down 23-13 at the half, won 35-23), Bob Jones in the 1st Round (down 21-7 at the half, won 28-21) and Hewitt Trussville in the 2nd Round (down 17-0 in the 1st quarter, won 38-24). This string of victories earned them the opportunity to host the #1 Hoover Bucs for the State 6A quarterfinals.

Unlike their previous three games, the Cougars kept the game close, only trailing 14-7 at the half. With the game still close at 21-13 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Buc offense put up 14 more points in 5 minutes. Most teams simply would have given up when the Bucs went up 35-13 with just 7 minutes to play in the fourth quarter... but not the Cougars. They scored 14 points of their own in just 4 minutes and, after the Cougar 'D' holds the Bucs to a 3 and out, they regain possession on their own 15 yard line with just over 2 minutes to play and down by 8 points, showing why you "Never Leave A Cougar Game Early"(TM Pending). Watch as they 'do what they do' one more time and nearly make believers out of those who remained 'til the end, that lightning truly could strike in the same place yet again.

Unfortunately, it was not to be, as a fumble with 29 seconds left gave the Bucs the ball and one kneel down as time was expiring ended the game 35-27, and the Cougar's season at 9-4.

Since the arrival of Head Coach Jerry Hood two seasons ago, the Cougars are 17-7 (.708) with playoff appearances in both seasons, have been 10-1 at home and have become the first Cougar team to advance to the quarterfinals since the 1999 6A State Championship team. Additionally, Coach Hood was quoted in the Nov. 20, 2010 Birmingham News as saying "I told the boys before we came out here to play Hoover tonight I was about ready to give this coaching thing up after my years (at Oak Mountain)". He continued, "They resurrected me as a coach. People around here tell me that I've done something for these kids. To be honest with you, these boys have taken me in and loved me and let me coach them. They've done more for me. This is an awesome place for me to be."

A much higher quality, full length version (run time = 2h52m) of this game can be viewed (as of this posting on 11.24.10) at ihigh.com/hoover/broadcast, the Hoover Bucs website complete with commentary provided by Bucs announcers Jeff Lloyd & Chad Pilcher.

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