Clinton pitches shutout at Union


By Anna Moore - Sports Writer



Ryheem Skinner runs the ball for the second touchdown for the Dark Horses.


Spartans, Nadir Goodwin and Warren Gay block Dark Horse attackers, Derek Bryant and Albert Deaver.


The Clinton Dark Horses traveled to the Spartan stadium and shutout Union in Friday night’s action. Clinton’s strong play led them to a 42-0 win over the Spartans.

Clinton started off the first quarter with a kickoff to Union. The Spartans tried many plays to get the ball down the field but the Dark Horse defense prevented that. When Clinton gained possession of the ball, it took no time for the Dark Horses to find the endzone.

Ryheem Skinner set the Dark Horses up after rushing the ball for 60 yards. Rayquan Faison then rushed the ball down the field to secure the first touchdown of the night. Tylon Wright increased the score to 7-0 after completing a two-point conversion at the 8:16 mark. Both teams made many other plays but none found the endzone ending the first quarter.

The second quarter was not much different from the first. Ryheem Skinner found paydirt on the very first play of the second quarter rushing for another Clinton touchdown. This was followed by a successful PAT by Chandler Perry making the score 15-0. Dark Horse defense put the pressure on Union preventing them from making it down the field to the endzone. The clock ran out leaving the score at 15-0 at the half in favor of Clinton.

Clinton continued to own the game offensively when Tylon Wright returned the kickoff of the third quarter for 85 yards but was stopped short of a touchdown by Spartan, Arion Murphy. However, Tylon Wright later got that touchdown on the 9:40 mark followed by another PAT for a score of 22-0. After more intense play the Dark Horses gained possession again. The Spartans managed to cause a fumble that was recovered by Shyquan Brunson. Union made many attempts to gain some advantage on the field but were continually stopped short by Clinton. The score remained at 22-0 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter continued in Clinton domination over the Spartans. This was started when Dark Horse, Isaiah Page, scored another touchdown for Clinton, for a 28-0 lead. The Spartans made little progress in their possession of the ball when Dawson Thornton was sacked on the fourth down. The Dark Horses proceeded to gain two more touchdowns before the night was over followed by two complete point attempts, at 6:33 and 3:17, respectively. The Clinton Dark Horses ended the game with a big 42-0 win over the Union Spartans.

Clinton head coach, Bob Lewis, thought it was a good win for the Dark Horses. “It was a conference win and we had some really good plays. We cam out with no injuries so were in good shape,” he said.

Stats for Clinton were unavailable at press time.

Union’s head coach, Douglas Burley was disappointed by his team’s play tonight. Burley expressed that his team tried hard to make some plays but it didn’t come out for a score on the field. “The other team was better tonight and we have a lot of work to do for next week,” he stated.

Offensively, Chris Nash led the Spartans with 28 yards on 6 carries. This was followed by Andruw Brunson with 25 on 2 and Dawson Thornton completed 1 of 8 pass attempts for 21 yards.

Defensively, Chris Nash also led Union with 8 tackles and 1 assist. Donovan Hayes and Montrel Williams both contributed 7 tackles each.

Union will travel into Pender County next Friday to take on the Pender Patriots. Clinton will take their Friday action back home against West Bladen.

By Anna Moore

Sports Writer

Ryheem Skinner runs the ball for the second touchdown for the Dark Horses.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_0209.jpgRyheem Skinner runs the ball for the second touchdown for the Dark Horses.

Spartans, Nadir Goodwin and Warren Gay block Dark Horse attackers, Derek Bryant and Albert Deaver.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DSC_0217.jpgSpartans, Nadir Goodwin and Warren Gay block Dark Horse attackers, Derek Bryant and Albert Deaver.
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