Jalen Clark ran for three touchdowns and passed for three more as the Eagles wrapped up the first region championship in school history with a 49-7 win over Straughn on Friday night.
ACA (7-1) improved to 6-0 in 4A Region 2 with only a region game remaining at Bullock County next week. The win gave the Eagles their first region title since the Alabama High School Athletic Association switched from areas to regions in 2000.
Clark completed 14 of 16 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards and three more touchdowns on eight carries.
The senior threw a 12-yard touchdown to Trey Schlemmer four minutes into the game, ran 30 yards for a touchdown four minutes later, then completed a pass to Haye Hunt, who lateraled to Demari Moore for the final 33 yards on a hook-and-ladder play early in the second quarter.
Clark ran 36 yards for a touchdown later in the quarter and accounted for two more touchdowns following Straughn turnovers for a 42-0 halftime lead.
A Will Wright fumble recovery set up Clark’s 25-yard scoring run with 2:02 remaining in the first half and Sanders Manning’s interception set up a quick strike from Clark to Moore covering 38 yards with 40.4 seconds remaining in the first half.
Otasowie Dion ran 27 yards for ACA’s final points with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter for a 49-0 lead.
Straughn scored on a 29-yard pass play with 6.4 seconds remaining to avoid the shutout.
Corey Landers had 58 yards on 10 carries and Dion had 41 yards on three carries for ACA. Hunt had five receptions for 55 yards, Moore had 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns on three catches and Preston Hicks added 23 yards on three receptions.
Defensively, Kyle Jackson led ACA with five tackles, including two sacks, while Miller McCarthy had four tackles and Jack Thomas had four tackles, including a sack. Khalil Jackson had three tackles and a pair of sacks.
ACA will close out the regular season at home against Montgomery Academy, then host the first round of the 4A state playoffs on Nov. 6 against Montevallo.