The Clinton Dark Horses owned the Spring Creek Gators, 56-0, on Friday night, running their winning streak to five games.
The Horses scored 49 by halftime and enforced the mercy rule for the entire second half.
The first touchdown for CHS came at 10:15 on their opening drive of the night. They marched the ball down field virtually untouched as A.J. Williamson capped off the drive with a goal line carry. The PAT was good and they took a 7-0 lead.
After a stalled drive by Spring Creek, Clinton scored its second touchdown of the night on their second drive of the night. This one came at 7:07 on another goal line carry this time by Jalen Smith, the PAT kick was no good and the lead pushed to 13-0.
They scored once more before the first quarter ended with just 14.9 seconds left. This one came on a quarterback keeper by Kris Williams at the goal line yet again. Chandler Perry’s kick was good this time and they now had a 20-0 lead to end the quarter.
Less than a minute into the second quarter Trey Warren came away with a big time interception for CHS giving them prime field position. A few plays later they score again on the goal line at 11:15. This time on a pass play as Williams connected with Carson Ellis for the TD. This brought the lead to 27-0 after a successful point after kick.
Defense held strong and the Horses added more points to the board a couple minutes later. Donte Mclellan scored a short goal line run at 9:45 putting them ahead 34-0, the PAT was good.
A couple changed possessions occurred then they scored again at the goal line giving them a 41-0 lead. Smith carried this one in at 4:42 giving him his second TD of the night.
A failed fourth down attempt gave Clinton the ball before halftime which they turned into a TD at 21.6. Mclellan took this one in at, no surprise, the goal line getting his second TD as well. They went for two and converted it increasing their lead to 49-0 to end the half.
The second team played the majority of the second half for CHS. Yet they came up with one more score before the night was over. Ja’melle Williams broke one to the outside at 5:44 on a 30 plus yard run for the final TD of the game giving them the final score of 56-0.
Offensive leaders were Mclellan with 119 yards on 10 carries, J. Williams with 41 yards on five carries and Williams ending with 35 yards on five carries. Defensive leaders were Jaivah Cruse with seven tackles, Dekota Butler and Autry with six tackles and Warren with three tackles and an INT.
Clinton now sits at 5-3 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They face one of their hardest opponents of the season next Friday, traveling to face off against Wallace-Rose Hill.
The JV Horses football team also completely dominated the Spring Creek Gators on Thursday, rolling to a 53-22 victory.
The JV was seemingly unstoppable on the ground, running all over Spring Creek as the Gators could do nothing to stop the ground game. Clinton had a 40-0 nothing lead in just the first half, the defense being just as dominate as the offense.
They tacked on two more scores in the second half giving themselves a 53-0 lead with the mercy rule kicking in. The Gators didn’t go quietly scoring its 22 points throughout the fourth quarter. They even scored back to back recovering an onside kick after their second touchdown of the fourth.
It barely mattered, it was to late for the Gators to mount a comeback. This brings the Horses to a six game winning streak and puts their record at 6-2 on the year. They face the Bulldogs of Wallace home next Thursday.
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