PINSON — By the time the night was over, Pinson Valley didn’t want to see any more Moore.
Clay-Chalkville quarterback Hayden Moore had a hand in all seven of his team’s touchdowns, as the No. 2 (6A) Cougars downed the Indians 48-31 on Friday.
With his University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville, Moore’s college coach-to-be watching from the sidelines, the 6-foot-3 field general commanded march after march into Indian territory. Clay-Chalkville amassed a 34-3 lead with nine minutes to go in the first half, and it looked for all the world like Pinson was about to fall victim to a massacre.
That wasn’t the case, as the Indians dug in their heels for key defensive stops in the second half, and pulled as close as 10 points in the late going.
Clay struck early, as Moore connected with pint-sized running back Terelle Moore on the second play after the opening kickoff on a 60-yard scoring pass.
Then with seven minutes left in the first quarter, Moore found a favorite target in wide receiver Brian Clark — who played taller than the 6-foot-1 height listed on the Cougar roster. Clark made a leaping catch over his defender for a 25-yard catch in the back of the end zone.
After a Pinson field goal, Moore struck again, this time with some trickery. He pulled off a fake punt and sprinted 49 yards for a touchdown with 2:33 left in the period.
The Cougars were in business again moments later after Indians running back Nick Gibson fumbled the ball away on his 37-yard line. Three snaps later Moore put up his third touchdown pass, this one to Eric Blockum from 35 yards out.
Starting the second quarter, Moore engineered a drive that started on his own 17. A couple of long tosses to Clark got Clay within striking distance quickly, and Moore himself did the honors with a 15-yard run.