Clay wins district 3-1A duals title

By Randy Lefko
Posted 1/16/19

YULEE – In district 3-1A, Clay High won with a 54-21 win over Yulee in the first post-season foray for new head coach Hunter Hill.

“We graduated six state placers from last year and we are …

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Clay wins district 3-1A duals title

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YULEE – In district 3-1A, Clay High won with a 54-21 win over Yulee in the first post-season foray for new head coach Hunter Hill.

“We graduated six state placers from last year and we are very young,” said Hill. “We have to trust the process to keep the Clay tradition going.”

Hill’s personnel losses from last year’s number two team in Class 1A include Daniel Porter, graduation, sixth at 113; Steve Chopek, transfer to 3A-Countryside, second at 120; Peyton Hughes, transfer to Fleming Island, 138 champion; Dylan Taylor, fourth at 152, chose football; Connor Green, third at 160, graduation; Carson Yost, graduation, 1-2 at 170; Abbott Taylor fifth at 182, football; Kurt Jackson, graduation, second at 195 and Ryan Rivers, graduation, 1-2 at 285.

Clay won a 66-6 match against host Baker County High School with a handful of forfeits and pins from Dalton Huckleberry, Justin Byler, Luke Davis, Cale Hoskinson, Grant Stanish, Luca Fiannaca and Jordan Bell. Hoskinson, Hill’s lone state returner, was second in region 1-1A last year as a freshman and went 1-2 in 1A at 126.

Against Yulee, Clay got pins from Maverick Rainwater, Stanish, Jered Mosley, Fiannaca and Will Dorvilus.

Both Clay and Yulee advanced to the region 1-1A duals quarterfinals on Thurs., Jan. 17.

In 2017, the first year of the duals tournament, Clay won their district title then lost to champ Lake Highland Prep in the state semifinals. The Blue Devils beat Bolles and Bishop Kenny to get to the state semifinals. Lake Highland Prep beat Cardinal Gibbons 72-0 in the championship match.

For 2019, Clay faces Bolles in round one with Yulee facing Bishop Kenny; both at Bishop Kenny on Thurs., Jan. 17 with winners facing off also on January 17. Florida High faces Arnold with South Walton facing Wakulla in the opposite end of the bracket. The region championship is set for Fri., Jan. 25 at Osceola with the Final Four (state semifinals/final) set for Sat., Jan. 26.

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