Under dark clouds and questionable weather, the Clinton Dark Horses battled to the end against East Bladen Friday night, but the Eagles soared to victory, edging the home team 33-28.
The Eagles scored the first touchdown of the night with only 1:39 left on the clock. The Horses wouldn’t let that stop them, though. With 50 seconds left on the clock in the first quarter, Demontio Bryant ran it in for the Horses and Justin Parker’s kick would be up, knotting the score at 7.
Starting the second quarter on defense, the Horses showed the Eagles what they are made of, holding the visitors.
But the Eagles would not be denied and Jaylan Herring plowed into the end zone for the TD. The extra point was on the mark and East Bladen was up by 7.
Clinton’s Silas Herring would then work his way down to the end zone, tying the score once again. The Eagles did not take that as a threat, and with four minutes left in the first half, East Bladen scoree yet another touchdown, rolling the score all the way up to 20.
An incomplete pass put the Horses back on defense pretty quickly, and the Eagles began to speed things up.
Scoring yet another touchdown, East Bladen would watch the numbers on the scoreboard continue to rise, reaching 27 and leaving Clinton trailing by 13 going into the half.
Clinton returned to the field fired up and determined, and Dark Horse Silas Herring found his way into the end zone , moving the score to 27-21.
With two incomplete passes, one on each side, the Horses defense would have to use all their strength to cage the Eagles. But they couldn’t hold the visitors, who hit pay dirt again, giving East Bladen a 33-21 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
Not losing hope or skill, Clinton would continue to battle the Eagles, gaining one more touchdown and extra point to bring the score 33-28.
On rushing, Silas Herring gained 107 yards on 12 carries; Demontio Bryant carried 8 times for 101 yards, and Tykearion Stevens had 10 carries and 41 yards.
On passing, Greg Smith threw 4 for 11, with 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, and 53 yards. On defense, Zach Underwood had 8 tackles, Owen Hunt had 8 tackles, and Blake Ellis had 7 tackles.
Clinton will open up their conference season Friday, Sept. 14, against the Richlands Wildcats at 7:30.