The Clinton Dark Horses had an impressive performance on the road in their 38-0 win over in-county rival, Midway. Clinton did what they do best, run the ball effectively, for the majority of the night.
After what seemed like each team went three and out and punted for most of the opening frame, Clinton was finally able to break the scoreless tie with 1:03 to play in the first. Rayquan Faison scored on fourth and goal from the 1 to give Clinton a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing Raider drive, Dark Horse Frank Nelson picked off a deflected pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to give Clinton the 14-0 lead, in which they would take into halftime.
The Dark Horses would open the second half with a 55 yard touchdown pass from Kris Williams to Ryheem Skinner. They would add another on their next drive on a Tyion Wright touchdown run from 15 yards out.
They continued piling it on the Raiders until the end, as they would go up 31-0 on a field goal early in the fourth quarter, and go up 38-0 when Skinner scored again, this time from 10 yards out to give Clinton their ultimate margin of victory.
“I really did not like the way we played in that first half,” attested Clinton’s head coach, Bob Lewis. “I thought our guys came out and really did a better job in the second, and responded well.”
Midway’s head coach, Jason Fussell, liked the way his team played in the first half, and mentioned that after they were not able to make some crucial plays, the game got away from them.
“I thought the defense played good, and the guys played hard, which I am proud of,” he said. “Clinton really does have a great team, and they just were a little much for us tonight.”
Midway was led offensively by Larry Blanks, who racked up 44 yards on 13 carries.
Michael Kramer led the Raider defensive attack with 10.5 tackles. Dillion Lee added 9 and JD Lockamy had 8.5.
For Clinton, Skinner had 77 yards on 12 carries, and Faison had 74 yards on 12 carries. Tyion Wright had 6 carries for 46 yards.
Defensively, Herbert Farrior had 10 tackles for Clinton, and Devonte Smith had 9 and a sack. Isaiah Page had 7 tackles for the Dark Horses.
Clinton is now 5-1 on the season, and are set to travel to Union next week. Things won’t get easier for Midway, as they travel to Wallace-Rose Hill. Midway is now 5-2 on the year.