Desperate for a win after unfortunate showings in its first two games of this year's varsity football season, both the visiting and host hoped Friday’s showdown at Gay Field would finally produce some desired results.
Clayton got just what it wanted in a 49-2 win while Affton wound up with its worst loss of the year.
“I’m just real happy for our kids,” Clayton head coach said. “I mean, they came and felt like they had a job to do, and they got it done.”
The team had a flurry of big plays, including a 53-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game by junior tailback Tyler Walker, which gave the Greyhounds a lead they never relinquished.
Teammate Michael Turner capped a later drive by Clayton, with a 13-yard jaunt into the endzone that along with kicker Andrew Rudolph’s second of four extra points gave the Greyhounds a 14-0 lead.
“It got out of hand pretty quick,” Affton head coach Dan Oliver said. “We’re young. We’ve only got six seniors, and we’ve got a lot of young sophomores out on the field. So we’re going to take some (lumps)."
Those lumps worsened barely a minute after Turner’s touchdown: Walker scooped up a blocked punt and raced into the endzone for another score.
But the play of the night came on the first play of the second quarter, when Walker broke free and blazed his way 70 yards down the field for his third touchdown of the first half and a 28-0 Clayton lead.
“He can definitely play,” Weissman said. “He’s right up there. I’ve coached Jeremy Maclin. I’ve coached Blaine Gabbert. So I’ve seen some good players, and Ty is very, very good.”
Walker’s night ended at the point, but the Greyhounds were hardly finished.
They added another score before the half and two others in the fourth quarter to build a 49-0 edge.
The Cougars rushed for 204 yards on Friday but couldn’t sustain much on offense. They finally produced points when several members of the defense tackled a Clayton ballcarrier in his own endzone for a safety.
Demontay Patrick led the Affton offense with 67 rushing yards, while teammate Conner McNeil added 65 yards on the ground.
“I’m proud of how our guys kept playing,” Oliver said. “There’s no quit in these guys. We’ve got a lot to work on, but we’ll take the kids we’ve got and continue to work hard and try to get better.”
Affton, now 0-3 on the season, will look to notch its first win Friday when it hosts Normandy.
Clayton, which gave Weissman his first win as a head coach Friday, will be on the road next week.
On Sept. 17, the Greyhounds will travel to North County to play McCluer South-Berkeley. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Score by Quarters
Clay: Tyler Walker 53 yd run (Andrew Rudolph kick), 11:07
Clay: Michael Turner 13 yd run (Andrew Rudolph kick), 5:10
Clay: Tyler Walker 40 yd blocked punt return (Andrew Rudolph kick), 4:14
Clay: Tyler Walker 70 yd run (Andrew Rudolph kick), 11:48
Clay: Chris Daugherty 1 yd run (Sam Fox kick), 4:34
Clay: Arvester Oliver 3 yd run (Sam Fox kick), 11:57
Clay: Jason Campbell fumble recovery in end zone (Sam Fox kick), 3:30
Aff: Safety, tackled ballcarrier in end zone, 1:29