Home of 2A State Champs: Basketball 1991 and 1992, Football 1994,1995,1996, and 2000!!
Owner of Football State Record 55 Consecutive Game Win Streak!
This is the Clay County Panther athletics website. Clay County High School is located in Ashland, Alabama. The panthers have been considered as one of the most dominate programs in the past decade. The panthers have won 6 state titles in that stretch. Four in football, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000 and they have also won 2 basketball titles, 1991 and 1992. The panthers also own the states longest consecutive win streak record with 55, stretching from 1994-1997. The panthers also have made 2 semi-final appearances, 1992 and 1998. Clay County High is also home of Howard "the house" Ballard, Pro-Bowl offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills during their stretch of 4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Football isn't their only game though, panther basketball head coach Jerry Weems is near the top of the list in all-time career victories. His son Lance is in 2nd place in the state for all-time career points scored and another panther alumni, Billy Ross,is in 3rd place all-time for most points scored. So check out your favorite panther sport, each sport will be updated as much and as quickly as possible.
Congrats to the Panther Seniors on a 2A State title in 2000!
#9 Rashad Ward, #12 Chad Gibbons, #18 Corey Vinson, #23 Willie Mclemore, #33 Rickey Smith, #53 Cedric Smith, #54 Clay Lovelady, #67 Donny Pitts, #68 Adam Robertson, #72 Jared Harris, and #76 Arthur Jones
THE 2001 SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!!! Check out OUR top-ranked Panthers on the football page!
Coaches: Danny Horn, Jerry Weems, Kris Herron, Garey Reynolds, Steve Burkhalter, Felix Ackles, and Bradley Cline
Brandon Smith was a one-man track team for Clay County High at the state finals, but the sophomore topped three state records. He placed first in two events, and second in the other. He ran a record-setting pace in the second place finish, but was edged out by another running who was also breaking records. Brandon Smith was the State Champion in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run, he set the 2A record in both events. He finished second in the 800 meter run, and has the second place record in that event. Brandon was a state champ and the only runner for Clay County, but he did so well that Clay County finished 9th in the state.
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"I AM A PANTHER"
I am a Clay County High School Panther. I believe that all things are possible with the help of God and my teammates. I have been vested by the virtue of being a Panther with the duty of transmitting the ideals of Clay County High School athletics to those who may follow after, not any less, but greater than they were transmitted to me. Donning a blue and white uniform reminds me that I must strive for excellence, for others before me toiled, sweated, bled, and suffered pain for the privlege of wearing these colors. I am a Panther. I hold true to the fact that being a Panther delivers to me the responsibility of upholding a highly esteemed and much respected tradition. For me, as a Panther, true victory exists, not in finishing first of scoring the most points, but finishing with the knowledge that I have expended my every energy to bring with honor to myself, my teammates, and Clay County High School.
I am a Panther. Being a Panther, I believe that it is my place to be the competitor, rather that the critic; to be the participant, rather than the spectator; to be involved, rather than isolate; to be part of, rather than apart from; and most of all, to seize oppurtunity, rather than have time caused it to elude my grasp.
I am a Panther. I am only one Panther. I can't do everything but I believe that I can do something. That which I can do, I believe I ought to do.
I am a Panther. I will bear the name proudly always. When the last field goal is made, when the last cheer is complete, when the last strike is thrown, and the last uniform is neatly stored, when the stands stand empty, and the score board darkens, when the last practice ends, when the final game commences, when the season' ceased, even then filled with a sense of accomplishment and pride, I will boast proudly to all, I AM A PANTHER.
J.R. Hess was selected as the Clay County High School Player of the week on offense and Micheal Bass on defense for their efforts against Randolph County. Vote for your player of the week each week! Go to our FOOTBALL ARCHIVES 2 page to see past "Players of the Week"