Preview: Daphne vs. Clay-Chalkville

The high school football season kicks off next week with a sneak preview this weekend in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl in the Champions Challenge.

Daphne (15-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (9-4)
Cramton Bowl, Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Head Coaches: Glenn Vickery, Daphne (207-93-0), 8th year at Daphne. Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville (45-33-0), third year at Clay-Chalkville.

Pre-season rankings 2010: Daphne is ranked No. 1 in the ASWA preseason 6A state rankings, and Clay-Chalkville is No. 6.

Daphne in 2010

The Trojans reached the Class 6A finals for the fifth time since 2000 – beating Hoover 7-6 in the finals to cap a perfect 15-0 season. Daphne outscored opponents 534-147 (34.8 ppg to 9.8 ppg allowed). Returning to lead the Trojans are Auburn commitment running back T.J. Yeldon, place-kicker Brandon Roberts, WR Jacob Olmstead and defensive back Torren McGaster. Vickery is 68-23 at Daphne over the last seven years.

Clay-Chalkville in 2010

The Cougars have gone 8-3 and 9-4 in Hood's first two seasons as head coach. The former Oak Mountain head coach was an assistant coach on Clay-Chalkville's 1999 state championship team. Among the key returning starters for the Cougars are quarterback Jacob Thomas, offensive lineman Matt Allen and defensive back Quintin Clark. Thomas rushed for 807 yards and nine touchdowns on 166 carries and completed 118-of-203 passes for 1,615 yards and 13 scores last season.

Daphne's key wins in '10

The biggest had to be the 7-6 win over top-ranked Hoover in the 6A state finals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Right behind were playoff wins over Wetumpka (37-0) and Mobile rival Davidson (47-14) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, and a regular-season 17-13 win over Foley.

Clay-Chalkville's key wins in '10

Clay finished second in a rough Region 7 last season with a key 7-6 victory over arch-rival Hewitt-Trussville in week 2. The Cougars also beat the Huskies 30-24 in the second round of the playoffs before losing a tough 35-27 decision to Hoover in the third round.

Follow Andrew Bone on TWITTER for the very latest recruiting news.
Follow!/AndrewJBone on Twitter

BamaMag Top Stories