James Clemens racked up 442 yards of offense Friday night en route to a 50-28 victory over Gadsden City in Class 7A, Region 4 high school football.
It was the Jets’ fourth straight victory, all in region games, after opening the season with two non-league losses.
Gadsden City dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the region.
“We’ve got to be proud of our young kids for the way they kept fighting,” GCHS coach Bart Sessions said. “We make some immature decisions at times, and at times we battle. We’ve got to learn that every little detail matters.”
After James Clemens scored on its opening drive, GCHS had its most sustained possession of the game, driving from its 22 to a first-and-goal at the Jets’ 6. The Titans stalled and Carlos Flores’ kicked a 22-yard field goal, but they chose to take first-and-goal at the 5 when James Clemens was penalized on the play. They were driven back, however, and Zachary Hopkins intercepted a DeMarcus Macon pass to end the threat. GCHS never regained that momentum in the first half.
“I thought we came out with great intensity,” Sessions said. “We were probably playing against the eventual region champion.”
Macon, a sophomore, completed 18-of-24 passes for 132 yards and rushed seven times for 40 yards to pace GCHS’ offense.
“He’s a typical young quarterback,” Sessions said “He has flashes of excitement on one play and will struggle on another play. But you have to admire his charisma and his guts for coming out and competing, and he’s going to be a great player for us.”
By The Numbers
206 — James Clemens’ rushing yardage, to go along with 236 passing.
54 — GCHS’ rushing yardage, to go along with Macon’s passing for 186 total yards.
3 — James Clemens’ victories in the series, to the Titans’ 2.
9 — GCHS’ losing streak, dating back to last year.
courtesy of The Gadsden Times