By Doug Gorman
The North Clayton Eagles clicked on all cylinders Friday night and it showed in every aspect of the game, as they rolled to a 52-7 victory against Ola in a Region 4-AAAA contest at Tara Stadium.
North Clayton scored on the ground, through the air, on defense and on special teams en route to its second win in row.
The Eagles rolled up more than 305 yards of total offense while holding the Mustangs to just 62 yards on a night when Ola never could get things on track.
North Clatyton led 9-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter and never looked back.
Things started going downhill for Ola on the opening kickoff when it had trouble trying to secure the football.
The Mustangs only managed to move the ball to their own 4-yard line, and when the punt was blocked out of the back of the end zone, the Eagles went up 2-0.
North Clayton increased its lead to 9-0 on its first possession of the game, when it marched 51 yards in just four plays.
Alternating between Demond Jones and Clarence Jackson, the Eagles kept the ball on the ground the entire drive.
Jackson's 25-yard sprint during the series was the key play of the drive. Jones capped things off for the Eagles, scoring from eight yards out.
Ola nearly made a game out of it on its next drive as it marched 52 yards in 12 plays. It was the only time it got near the end zone all night.
Facing a fourth-down-and-goal from the Eagles' 1-yard line, Darryl Dickey called his own nunber and rambled into the end zone.
The Mustangs converted three third downs during the series to keep the drive going en route to their only score.
The rest of the night belonged to North Clayton as it built a 27-7 lead at the end of the first half.
North Clayton's Kyle Taylor hauled in touchdown passes of 17, 18 and 79 yards to help the Eagles put some distance between themselves and Ola.
Jackson added a late first-half touchdown to round out the first-half scoring.
North Clayton continued to pour it on in the second half. Taylor started the scoring with one of his TD catches and Idres Douglas scored on a fumble return and an interception return.
Ola ran just eight plays in the third quarter as the Eagles controlled the clock.
The Eagles return to action next Saturday when they face Mt. Zion. Ola takes on Stockbridge at home next Friday in a region game.