They got a scare, and perhaps a suspension, but they also got a win.
USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 No. 11 Clay Chalkville held off a persistent Hillcrest squad to eke out a 41-40 victory.
The win came in a see-saw contest in which both teams lead in the first half and Hillcrest often appeared to have the upper hand. Clay Chalkville eventually took more control in the third quarter, though they were never fully able to put the Patriots in the rearview mirror. That’s when things got more tense and dangerous for Clay Chalkville, In the closing minutes of the third period, starting quarterback Tyrell Pigrome was ejected for an unsportsmanlike foul, allegedly involving Pigrome kicking a Hillcrest player in the head.
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The loss of the team’s signal caller galvanized C-C, which marched down the field in the early fourth quarter and punched in a touchdown to extend its lead to 41-27.
The lead didn’t last, with Hillcrest back Brian Robinson scoring his fifth touchdown to pull the Patriots within one at 41-40 in the closing moments. (Robinson ran for 447 yards on 29 carries.)
Then, rather than force another tie, Hillcrest went for two and fell short, giving Clay Chalkville the opportunity to put the game away with a sustained drive.
Exactly where you’d want your star quarterback lining up under center, right? Luckily for Clay Chalkville, no Pigrome, no problem, with the Cougars running out the clock to escape with a one-point victory.
The win will keep Clay Chalkville in the Super 25 rankings, but it could very well lead to a suspension for Pigrome related to the events that precipitated his ejection. That would be particularly untimely for the Cougars, who face off against highly-regarded Birmingham Huffman next week, with or without Pigrome.