The Dark Horses went to East Duplin with two goals in mind — secure their first victory over the Duplin County team in four outings and take them down on the Panther’s home turf, something they hadn’t done in several years.
Clinton accomplished both, and more, caging the Panthers and, at the same time, securing first place in their 2A conference.
Dark Horse coach Brad Spell was elated over the win and proud of a team that he said put forth great effort from start to finish in the road game.
“This was a very big win for us, a big, big win,” Spell stressed. “The guys came ready to play and they gave it everything they had.”
Although playing with a few injured players Monday, Spell said he had some guys step up and give great performances on the field. “They really gave it their all and stepped up big for us. We had some good opportunities and we were able to capitalize on them.”
Clinton carried a 1-0 lead into the half, but East Bladen roared back early in the second to tie it up. That was the first and last score they’d see Monday night.
Clinton answered twice, the last one coming with about five minutes left in the game, and the Horses came away with a solid thumping of East Duplin.
It was the first game the Horses had won against the Panthers in four outings and, Spell said, the first time they’d beaten East Duplin on Panther turf in some four years.
“This was a great game and a great win, especially playing at their place.”
The win moves Clinton to 8-4-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the conference.
They travel to Richlands Wednesday for another conference match. Game time is 6:30 p.m.