MADISON — James Clemens certainly hoped to create some drama on the Friday night of the school’s first homecoming.
After two quarters, the only suspense remaining was who would be crowned queen at halftime.
Austin scored on its first two possesions, blocked a punt for safety before the first quarter ended and cruised to a 50-14 victory at Madison City Schools Stadium.
The fourth-ranked Black Bears led 44-0 at halftime and improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in Class 6A, Region 8.
Clemens, in its first season as the second high school in Madison opposite Bob Jones, remained winless at 0-7, 0-5.
“I think we’ve grown up a lot,” Austin coach Jeremy Perkins said. “They know what’s at stake and what’s coming up. This is the first of three straight road games.”
Josh Walker had 112 yards on only two carries with two touchdowns in the first half, erasing any fears Perkins might’ve had of the Black Bears overlooking the winless, first-year and young Jets.
“As a coach it worries you, are they going to be focused,” Perkins said. “They were. And hats off to James Clemens. They’re young and outmatched right now but they played hard with a lot of young guys.”
Perkins said one concern so far for the Black Bears has been the kicking game. They put some salve on his fears by blocking a punt for a safety in the opening quarter, one play among a solid night for the special teams.
“We’ve just got to stay focused and get better,” Perkins said.
Don Baldwin caught a touchdown pass from Chris Sparkman to start the scoring, and defensive lineman Anthony McCoy returned an interception for 29 yards for another score.
Austin then got a punt block in th end zone from Greg Willard and the lead was 16-0 heading into the second quarter and the rout was on.
The Black Bears blew it open in the second period and remained undefeated.
Terry Sibley and Brandon Watkins had touchdown receptions from Sparkman.
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