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Clayton tabs Handy to lead football program

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CLAYTON — Clayton High School announced that Shane Handy will be their new head football coach on Tuesday in front of many supporters and media.

Handy comes to the Comets after being the head coach at Randleman High School since 2008. The Tigers went 4-18 in his first two seasons, but after that had nine winning seasons in 10 years. 

Overall, Handy’s record at Randleman was 95-53 including a run of 36-4 over the last three seasons. The Tigers didn’t lose a conference game in that span going 18-0.

Randleman is coming off of a 13-1 season in 2019 where they went to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-AA East Regional championship. The Tigers would fall 14-7 to Salisbury High School. 

Clayton played this season under interim head coach Rob Senseney, going 6-6 and making the playoffs. The Comets lost in the first round of the NCHSAA 3-AA playoffs to Southeast Guilford.

Senseney took over after head coach Hunter Jenks resigned days before the season opener after an illegal practice caused the NCHSAA to penalize Clayton and for Johnston County Public Schools to open an investigation into allegations of recruiting. Jenks and the program were cleared, but he stepped away for a better opportunity that was closer to his home. Jenks went 28-10 in three seasons.

The football program went 16-19 in three seasons before Jenks. Clayton returns three All-Conference juniors in offensive lineman Jelan Greene, defensive back Amare Bryant and junior running back Dashawn Hinton.

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January 2020