Photos and story by Craig Allison
Clay – Hosting the first playoff game in school history, the historical night for Clay County was met with a damper.
Herbert Hoover quarterback Dane Hatfield rushed for 190 yards and six touchdowns as the ninth-seeded Huskies upended Clay 63-26 Thursday at Clay County.
Hatfield scored the first three Husky touchdowns of the night on Hoover’s first three drives, throwing in an interception for good measure.
Hatfield opened the second half with a 16-yard score and on the ensuing kickoff, the Panthers muffed the ball and Brayden Jones recovered the fumble on the 20 yard line. After taking a sack for a loss, Hatfield hit Randy Hughart on a 28-yard strike to go up 42-6.
The sophomore QB hammered the nail in the coffin with a 48-yard touchdown run. The Panthers added a couple of quick scores to pull closer at 49-20. Randy Hughart answered for Hoover with an 11-yard touchdown run for a 56-20 before Hatfield put the finishing touches with a three-yard touchdown run.
Hatfield finished with six rushing touchdowns and a passing score. Hoover moves to 8-2 and awaits the winner of Winfield-Logan game.
Rushing – Dane Hatfield 19-190-6, Rocco Frye 9-77, Randy Hughart 13-127-1, Andrew Rollyson 1-1-1
Passing – Dane Hatfield 7-11-64-1 TD, Jacob Burns 1
Receiving – Randy Hughart 1-28-1, Jacob Burns 2-24, Andrew Rollyson 3-8, Rocco Frye 1-4