In a tie for the split 1A/2A conference lead, the Bulldogs and Dark Horses went at it in Darkness Stadium on Monday night, with Clinton coming away the 3-1 winner.
Coming out with a fierce determination, the Horses fought with everything they had from start to finish, and finally with 32:14 off the clock, they found the net first with a header by Eric Bradshaw to make the score 1-0. Trevor Brewington would provide the assist for this goal.
For the next 30 minutes, it was a battle for the ball, with both teams getting physical.
Clinton was given a penalty kick and at 62:30, Clinton senior Luis Aguilar put it in the goal to give the Dark Horses a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later, at 67:24, the score would change again. Wallace-Rose Hill was granted a penalty kick and they scored their one and only goal of the game to make it 2-1.
With a roaring crowd for both teams, Clinton and Wallace continued the battle.
The final goal of the night was scored by Spell Carr as he was able to push through the Bulldog defenders. Senior Wyman Faison was credited with the assist.
Clinton couldn’t let their guard down, as Wallace never gave up. Both teams threatened, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Dark Horses had been preparing for this match-up since last week and were fired up when the opening whistle blew.
“My boys were ready to play. They were very focused and determined all day for this game. We came out hungry for a win and that’s exactly what we got” stated a proud head coach Brad Spell.
With this win over 1A Wallace, Clinton moves up to 7-0 in their conference and 11-1-2 overall.
Clinton will play their next game Wednesday at Pender High School.
In junior varsity action, the Dark Horses managed to shut out the visiting Bulldogs when Luke Byrd nailed a penalty kick for the 1-0 win.