Clay Finally Makes First Team All-State

Jacob Clay dives across the goal line against Principia last season. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Jacob Clay dives across the goal line against Principia last season. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Hutton, Harris, Joe Clay also make all-state

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Jacob Clay leads a list of eight Brentwood High School football players who won postseason honors for their play during the 2015 season. He and teammates Brian Hutton, Joe Clay and Justice Harris were named both all-state and all-district.

The other four honored were Demetrius Graves, Skylar Sappington and Kaylon Jenkins on offense and Corey Carroll on defense.

The selections were voted on by football coaches last week.

Clay, a senior running back, was voted by coaches to both the all-state first team and the all-district first team. He’s been all-state before but last year he was voted to the second team and the year before to the third team. As a senior he was No. 1 in the St. Louis area in scoring (268 points), No. 2 in rushing (1,971 yards) and No. 3 in total yards (2,129). He averaged 24 points and 179 yards rushing per game.

Senior Brian Hutton was named to the all-state second team and all-district first team as a defensive lineman. He led the St. Louis area in quarterback sacks in 2015, with 19, and was No. 2 in fumble recoveries, with five.

Brian Hutton celebrates sacking Principia's quarterback this season.
Brian Hutton celebrates sacking Principia’s quarterback this season.

Sophomore defensive back Joe Clay rebounded from knee surgery to be third team all-state and first team all-district. He led the Eagles in tackling, with 132 tackles and assists, 12th best in the St. Louis area.

Defensive back Joe Clay intercepts a pass on a two-point conversion attempt by Kennedy.
Defensive back Joe Clay intercepts a pass on a two-point conversion attempt by Kennedy.

Junior tight end Justice Harris received an all-state honorable mention and is first team all-district. He was Brentwood’s most prolific receiver.

Justice Harris completes a 36-yard reception at Crystal City.
Justice Harris is finally knocked out of bounds after a 36-yard reception at Crystal City.

All-state, Class 2:
Jacob Clay, senior, first team, running back
Brian Hutton, senior, second team, defensive lineman
Joe Clay, sophomore, third team, defensive back
Justice Harris, junior, honorable mention, tight end

First team all-District 5:
Jacob Clay, running back
Justice Harris, tight end
Brian Hutton, defensive lineman
Joe Clay, defensive back

Second team all-District 5:
Corey Carroll, senior, defensive back
Demetrius Graves, senior, offensive lineman
Kaylon Jenkins, junior, running back
Skylar Sappington, junior, quarterback

Corey Carroll pressures Principia's quarterback.
Corey Carroll pressures Principia’s quarterback.
Offensive guard Demetrius Graves provides protection for Jacob Clay on a 22-yard gain against Orchard Farm.
Offensive guard Demetrius Graves provides protection for Jacob Clay on a 22-yard gain against Orchard Farm.
Kaylon Jenkins runs for a 73-yard TD catch at Principia.
Kaylon Jenkins runs for a 73-yard TD catch at Principia.
Skylar Sappington led the St. Louis area in passing efficiency in 2015.
Skylar Sappington led the St. Louis area in passing efficiency in 2015.

One thought on “Clay Finally Makes First Team All-State

  1. For such a small school, Brentwood has made a large impact on the State Football Program. I think our players are well condition, pay a great deal of attention to the whole coaching staff and the players execute to the best of their individual ability but at the same time knowing it is a whole team effort. Great job to all those young men.

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