The Clinton JV football team hosted Pender on Friday night, getting their Four County Conference schedule underway. The Patriots kept the game close for two quarters but Clinton used a late first half surge to put Pender away, taking a lopsided 50-6 win.
Holding a slim lead at 16-6 late in the second quarter the Dark Horse defense made a stand deep in their end of the field to turn back Pender’s bid to close the gap. The Dark Horse offense took over and marched the ball quickly down field with Jaheim Faison bulling into the end zone at the 43-second mark to put the Dark Horses up 24-6. The Dark Horse nearly put more points on the board before halftime when Nemiah Tatum intercepted a pass on the Patriot’s first play from scrimmage giving the Dark Horses one more shot from midfield with just over 20 seconds to play.
Carson Ellis caught a pass to move the ball down inside the 10-yard line and the Horses took it to the end zone on the next play. However Clinton was flagged for holding and the score nullified. On the final play of the half the Clinton pass into the end zone fell incomplete, and the Horses had to settle with the 24-6 lead going into the break.
Clinton added three scores in the third quarter to put the game out of reach and punched in one more score in the final minute of the game to finish off the Patriots 50-6. Pender was unable to do any damage to the Clinton defense in the second half and the Dark Horses got on track, looking like a different team in the second half.
After the game Clinton head coach Scott Lewis praised his team.
Oonce again we made a lot of mistakes in the first half, but came back and played much better in the second half,” Lewis said. “The guys settled down, cut out the mental mistakes and penalties to get a good conference win.”
Lewis added that he was impressed with a position change and the difference made by Jalen Oates, adding, “Jalen played at offensive tackle for us tonight, playing that position for the first time. He had been doing a good job on defense and tonight he really made a difference on the O-line.”
The win runs the Clinton JV record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Horses will host East Bladen next Thursday in their second conference outing of the year.