Dark Horses slip by Panthers in final seconds

Stephanie Gore Sports Writer

August 31, 2013

Clinton High takes the spotlight as they steal a last minute win from East Duplin Friday night with a score of 20-13 to start their 2013 football season.

The Dark Horses scored in the first quarter, but the Panthers came back strong in the second and went ahead with a score of 7-13 to close out halftime.

By the end of the third quarter, Clinton had tied the score up at 13-all.

As fans on both sides were beginning to settle in for the expected over-time play, the Dark Horse offense had other plans. A successful catch by Kris Royal gave Clinton a first down on the Panther 20-yard line with about 30 seconds left in the game.

Jacob Smith got the call on the next play and caught the winning touchdown pass for the Dark Horses. This was Smith’s second touchdown of the night.

While Jacob Smith had 2 catches for 27 yards, he wasn’t the only Dark Horse to shine. Receiving, Kris Royal had 2 catches for 43 yards. Passing, quarterback Jonathan Wright attempted 9, completed 4 for 69 yards, and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Dark Horse leading rusher was Silas Herring with 16 carries for 165 yards. Also rushing was Kenneth Ford with 9 carries for 56 yards; Hyson Howard, 7 carries for 30 yards.

On defense, Elexus Raines had 10 tackles, Josh Armwood had 8 tackles, Tyler McNeil had 8 tackles, and Kris Royal also had 8 tackles.

As head coach for defense, Coach Mark Fields for Clinton was pleased with the game.

“It was very exciting for our first win especially since it was a well coached team like East Duplin. Defensively they were hurting us with a full back trap but we were able to adjust in half time to contain it” stated Coach Fields.

Clinton will travel to Laney next Friday night.