The Clinton High Dark Horses hit the field Friday night for the annual Pigskin Classic Jamboree and came out with an overall success.
The Horses played eight 10-minute games that were held back to back against local county teams. These teams included Lakewood, Union, Midway, and Hobbton.
Clinton started off the night on offense against the Leopards. Leading off with a confident start, the Horses got yards away from the endzone within the first few minutes. Aiming to score on the outside, Clinton successfully made it into the endzone.
Running out of time, Lakewoods’ defense kept the Dark Horses away from the endzone throughout the rest of the match.
Clinton’ defense faced Hobbton on their second turn. The Dark Horse defense refused to let Hobbton through, keeping them in one spot play by play.
For the Dark Horse’s third game of the night they battled the Midway Raiders while on offense. Midways’ defense showed no mercy. Not giving up, Clinton moved their way through, landing a TD in the next play. Continuing to get closer to the endzone, Clinton remained on top of their game at the end of this session.
For the Horses fourth match of the night, Clinton’s defense met local rival the Union Spartans on the field.
Union pounded through the Horses on the first play. Continuing to the endzone, Union made a touchdown 5 minutes into the game. Scoring another touchdown, Union ran over Clinton’s defense with the timer ticking.
Meeting Lakewood on the field for the second time, the Horses took charge on defense for their fifth game. With Clinton’s defense back in business, Lakewood’s offense had to play carefully. While Lakewood tested multiple plays, Clinton managed to cover their opposer.
Getting close to the endzone, a Lakewood Leopard was trucked by Clinton’s Hyson Howard. Soon after that, Clinton’s Kris Royal interfered with a pass made by Lakewood.
Hobbton and Clinton then went helment to helment for their next game. With Clinton on offense, they begin their match from the 40 towards the endzone. With Kenneth Ford on the run, Clinton scored on Hobbton with 6 minutes left. Clinton’s offense stayed strong as they scored another 3 touchdowns against the young Wildcats.
Clinton then switched positions and battled Midway while on defense. Clinton’s defense stepped it up as Tyler McNeil tackled every blue shirt he could get his hands on. Kenneth Ford and Kris Royal managed to interfere with the Raiders as they tried to make it to the endzone.
For the last match of the night Clinton faced Union on offense. Playing hard, Silas Herring forced his way into the endzone. One minute later, Jacob Smith recrecieved a pass from Jonathan Wright, scoring the second TD. Chandler Whitfield then scored the third and final touchdown of the night.
“I saw some good things to build off of. Our defense was aggressive and made plays. I also saw some things we need to improve and adjust.” says assistant coach Mark Fields.
“We have a lot of work to do everyday.” head coach Bob Lewis stated.
Clinton will open up their next game at home Friday, August 30, against East Duplin.