Clay Central football: Horn, Vols make return trip to state title game

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KIMBERLY — For the second straight year, Danny Horn will lead his Clay Central squad into Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Class 5A state championship game. The Volunteers advanced with a 27-0 win at Mortimer Jordan.

The duo of Quentin Knight and Jaidarrius McNealey combined for 183 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Clay Central quarterback Philip Ogles was 12-of-21 passing for 122 yards and a rushing touchdown. Horn’s defense held Mortimer Jordan to 121 yards of total offense as the Volunteers compiled 325.

Clay Central (12-2) will face Pleasant Grove (13-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Horn and the Volunteers have won their last nine playoff games, while compiling a 24-5 overall record in two years.