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Clash in Clay County

Published 10:07am Thursday, October 25, 2012

Since the merger of Clay County and Lineville High Schools this past summer, the newly formed Central-Clay High School has wasted no time establishing themselves as a state power across Alabama in only their first season.
When the Class 4A No. 2 Volunteers (8-0) host Class 4A No. 3 Dadeville (8-0) Friday night at the new campus outside of Lineville, the two teams will be playing for the Region 3 title and home field advantage through the first two rounds of the AHSAA playoffs.
“[Central-Clay] is the most loaded football team that we’ve played all year,” DHS head coach Richard White said.
“They run right at opponents until they get stopped, and if they do get stopped they won’t hesitate to throw the ball.”
Central-Clay has been less challenged this season then Dadeville. The Volunteers have won every game this season by an average score of 45-8 with their closest game coming against Elmore County in week three, a game that the Vols won by 27.
Central has one of the most athletic and versatile threats in Class 4A on both sides of the ball in Jamari Staples, a 6-foot-4, 185 pound senior that will pose some threats for the Tigers.
With Staples, is a dual threat quarterback in Jamario Lyles, a player that can make plays with both his and arm and legs.
Dadeville comes into tomorrow night’s contest as the more tested team, as the Tigers defeated No. 8 Tallassee three weeks ago and a formerly top-ranked team in Handley last week at home.
Dadeville boasts the areas leading passer and total touchdown leader in senior quarterback Kaleb Beck.
Beck has thrown for 1,685 yards, run for 253 yards and accounted for 29 total touchdowns through eight games this season.
“Kaleb’s play is going to be big for us as always,” White said.
“He’s going to have to lead our offense like he has all year and just be his regular self.”
The senior signal caller also has two of the top playmakers in the area in wide receiver Terry Toler and tailback C.J. Tolbert.
Toler is tops in the area with 589 yards on 28 receptions and Tolbert has 757 yards rushing so far this season as well.
One of the main match-ups for fans to watch will be the offensive and defensive battles between Toler and Staples, who are roughly the same size and have drawn similar college attention.
“I think that could be one of the biggest match-ups depending on where they decide to play (Staples),” White said.
“There are going to be plenty of different formations where we’ll need guys to make plays all over the field.”
Dadeville has out-scored their opponents 318-132 this season, while Central-Clay has posted a 361-52 mark.
A capacity crowd is expected tomorrow night in Lineville, with the regular crowds at Central-Clay games being well into the 1,000s of people.
Dadeville fans can buy their tickets at the high school beginning this morning for $7.00.
“This is a great opportunity and great exposure for our kids to go out and compete for a Region title,” White added.
“We’re ready to load up the buses, take the ride to Clay County, and line up and play a good football game.”