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“We worked very hard in the off season. We’ve very proud of our effort. Kids executed real well,” state Clarksville Academy head coach Todd Hood. “To lose so many kids from last year’s team. We lost 9 on offense, about 6 on defense and some out of state players. So to come back and play like this on our first game, I’m very proud of our effort.”The game was played on Saturday, because the visitor side lights at MCHS would not come on due to the massive electricity problems the county experienced Friday night. Clarksville and Fort Campbell played most of the first half without lights, which came back on there at 8:15p.m.
“Central played a good game. They have new coaching staff. Their trying to get things in order and we can understand that,” stated Hood. “We’re trying to get better ourselves. We have a long road ahead. We started with two tough teams 4A Montgomery Central and then 3A Stewart County. We’re always playing the big teams and we have little 1A Clarksville Academy that seems to find a way to play good. I’m just so proud of our effort.”
“We have a couple of plays just to let the kids have some fun. We actually scored on the first play of the game, but it got called back on a holding. One of the coaches asked should we try it again. So I said well why not. So we ran it again and it worked out well for us.” commented Hood.
Hood went on to say, “Our next opponent is Stewart County, a 3A team in the same region as Montgomery Central. A very tough district they play in. We have our work cut out for us again next weekend. They will have 80 kids on the sideline and we’ll take our little 40 down there and see what we can do.”
Clarksville Academy plays at Stewart County this Friday night.
Montgomery Central plays at East Robertson this Friday night.
Clarksville Academy-Montgomery Central Scoring Summary
Clarksville Academy Stats
Jacob Rugen- 7-10 132 yards 2 TD
John Anderson- 9 rushes 61 yards 2 TD
Clay Goad- 4 catch 114 yards 1 TD
Clay Goad- 1 punt return 44 yards
Justin Hood- 1-1 FG 5-5 PAT
Clay Goad- 1 int returned 10 yards
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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