Jayven Claybrook says Logansport football forgot how to lose after starting 0-4
Jayven Claybrook remembers what it was like to see Logansport play for a state football title. He hopes to reclaim that feeling at a different level .
The talented junior was in middle school, sitting in the Superdome in 2016 when the Tigers defeated Haynesville 34-28 for the LHSAA Class 1A state title. A victory Friday at home against Oak Grove (8-4) will send Logansport (8-4) back to New Orleans to play either Homer or Haynesville.
“I remember Joe Caraway scoring the game winning touchdown - Debell Crawford and Braylen Wilson making big plays for the offense - Langston Murray and Nakendrick Peterson showing up big for the defense, and John Stephens playing big on both sides of the ball,” Claybrook said.
The Tigers began this season 0-4 but have reeled off eight consecutive victories and earned the LHSAA’s No. 1 seed when the playoff parings were released.
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“We had little wrinkles in the defense, but we got better week-by-week,” Claybrook said. “Once we got that first win, we forgot how to take an ‘L’ again.”
Claybrook is the kind of athlete a team needs to be successful at the championship level. Although his primary positions are wide receiver and safety, he punts, kicks off, receives kicks and punts. He’s caught 68 passes for 1,344 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 19.7 yards per catch.
“Jayven is a very physical wide receiver with strong hands and an incredible ability to high-point the ball - possibly the most versatile player I’ve coached,” Logansport coach Kevin Magee said. “He plays wide receiver at every position, running back and has played quarterback. The guy loves to compete.”
A sellout crowd is expected in Logansport for the biggest game of the season.
“It feels great to play with the home field advantage, and we feel very confident,” Claybrook said.
The Tigers probably won’t sleep much in preparation for the contest that could vault them to the dome.
“It is amazing so many people from around our town support us,” Claybrook said. “Ever since I saw those guys play in the Dome I’ve always wanted to follow in their footsteps. I plan to continue to work hard and push myself to higher standards.”
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.