The wall excludes Jim Ned and names the football stadium after Clayton Weishuhn

WALL — One night Wall High School named its football stadium after Clayton Weishuhn, the Hawks honored him with a defensive masterpiece.

Wall’s defense intensified time and time again – while his offense managed just one field goal – for a 3-0 win Friday over Jim Ned at the new Clayton Weishuhn Field.

Weishuhn, a Wall graduate who was one of the greatest defensive players ever produced by West Texas, died earlier this year in a car accident at age 62.

It was deservedly an old-school defensive battle between Wall and Jim Ned that went scoreless until a 32-yard field goal by Pierce Jameson with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter.

Will Scherr had two interceptions to lead Wall’s defense.

Wall improved to 2-1, while Jim Ned fell to 0-3.

Jim Ned High School's Troy Doran tackles Wall's Dane Reynolds in an out-of-district football game at the new Clayton Weishuhn Field in Wall on Friday, September 9, 2022.

“I thought we had a few (scoring) chances,” Wall head coach Houston Guy said. “We got there on the thumb line (towards the end of the first half) and I thought we could get him in. We just missed and they had a good defensive front and stopped us.

“I knew it was going to be a tough game the whole way through. I thought our kids were playing hard and never giving up. We need to clean up a few fumbles but it will be fine.”

Jim Ned, the 2020 state champion, looked like he could pull off a comeback late in the fourth quarter after quarterback Grant Glidewell linked up with wide receiver Jackson Crane for a 28-yard completion that put the Indians in the lead. Wall’s 38-yard line.

Three plays later, Wall’s Lee Brake sacked Glidewell for a 17-yard loss on the Hawks’ third-and-11 of 39, fending off Jim Ned at his own 44.

Family members gather in midfield as the Wall High School football field was named after Clayton Weishuhn before the Hawks face Jim Ned in an out-of-district game on Friday September 9, 2022. Weishuhn was an All-American at Angelo State University before playing in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers.  He lost his life in a car accident last April.

Scherr finished the next game when he made his second pick.

“Nobody’s going to get a first game on Clayton Weishuhn’s home court,” Scherr said. “We’re the only team to get a (win) in the first game on Clayton Weishuhn’s home ground and it feels good. And Jim Ned, it feels good to win against them. They’re a great team and ever since they’ve had us for the past two years, it feels good to come back and shut them out.”

Jim Ned had to play with a lot of saves due to injuries, but the Indians weren’t using that as an excuse.

“It was a good hard ball game,” Indians head coach Matt Fanning said. “We need to do a better job of offensive execution. Other than that, I’ve seen a lot of fighting from a lot of young guys who were playing for injured guys. When we get through this injury bug, I think we We’ve got a lot of second-year players on the court right now, and for the most part, those guys have been playing really well.

Wall High School quarterback Gunner Dillard, left, looks for an open receiver as Jim Ned's Davis Soben applies pressure during an out-of-district football game at the new Clayton Weishuhn Field in Wall on Friday, September 9, 2022 .

Fanning tipped his hat to Wall’s defense.

“They are still very good,” said coach Jim Ned. “Coach (Craig) Slaughter does a great job and their staff do a great job. They always have a great game plan when they come up against us.

“We know it’s going to be a tough defensive game. Of course, we think there are things we should have done a lot better. We made it a little easier for them than it should have been. be, but they did a great job.”

Naturally, the Hawks were truly inspired playing their first game on the newly named Weishuhn field.

“We talked about how important it was and what it meant to our community and how many people would be here,” Guy said. “We just wanted to represent Wall as we should on a game like tonight.”

Jim Ned High School quarterback Grant Glidewell, right, prepares to throw a pass as Wall's Lee Brake, 55, and Brylan White apply pressure during an out-of-district football game at the new Clayton Weishuhn Field on Wall on Friday, September 9, 2022.

The Hawks coach said Weishuhn “would have been proud” of Wall’s strong performance on defense.

And Scherr had a lot to do with his two choices.

“He’s one of those guys who’s going to show up all the time,” the Hawks coach said. “He’s going to play great defence, and he’s a guy we switch to the attacking side sometimes too, because he’s a tough back and a tough kid, but he had a good night tonight.”

Wall junior Nathan Pepper returned to the roster after missing last week’s game against Cisco with an ankle injury.

“We weren’t going to use him tonight but he came out there and gave us a little attacking spark and helped us move the ball around and drop it within goal range,” Guy said. “He was a huge spark for us.

Wall High School's Canyon McCabe, right, takes ground as Jim Ned's Colt Lindsey closes in during an out-of-district football game at the new Clayton Weishuhn Field in Wall on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.

“We weren’t sure (his ankle) would be good enough to run the ball tonight, but he came in at half-time and said he could carry it, so we left him.”

When the Hawks and Indians reunited after the game, Guy told players from both teams that whenever Wall and Jim Ned faced off in the sports arena, the two schools would always try hard.

And tonight was no different.

“They have such a great program,” Guy said of the Indians. “We watch these guys and we imitate a lot of the things they do. We want our program to be confident, just like theirs.”

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