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September 28, 2013

The NJN Big Game: No. 2 (6A) Clay-Chalkville 48, Pinson Valley 31 — More, More, Moore

With his future college coach watching, Cougar QB Hayden Moore is involved in seven touchdowns



Pinson finally got its first touchdown two minutes later, when quarterback Brooks Garrett hit Desmond Williams for a score from the 19. On their next drive, Garrett hit Gibson for a 61-yard touchdown strike, and suddenly what looked to be a huge rout was becoming much more respectable with a 34-16 Cougar lead at halftime.

The Indians took advantage of good field position to start the second half, thanks to a Luray Smith runback to the midfield stripe. Garrett took Pinson down to the Clay 6, where he tossed to Williams for the duo’s second touchdown of the night, and the scored stood at 34-23 with 7:46 to play in the third quarter.

The Cougars marched again, but Pinson came up with a big defensive stop when running back Sidney Battle was tackled for a 7-yard loss on fourth down and one at the Indians 21.

Early in the fourth quarter, Moore found himself in the shadow of his own goalposts, as a Garrett punt was touched dead inside the Cougar 1-yard line. But eight plays later, Moore broke free of three different tackles and ran 60 yards for another touchdown.

Pinson came right back and scored in one minute’s time with another pass from Garrett to Gibson, this one for 14 yards. But Moore followed by leading the last drive of the night with a touchdown pass to Clark from 22 yards, and the Cougars sealed the win when LaDarius Harris intercepted a Garrett pass on the first play after the following kickoff.

Moore finished with 193 yards rushing on 11 carries; he was over the 200-yard mark before a 10-yard loss recovering a high snap late. Through the air, Moore was 9-of-14 for 201 yards.

Gibson wasn’t as effective on the ground, for the Indians gaining only 41 yards on 16 carries, but had a good night in receiving with six catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

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