Clinton Runs Through UCHS
By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
CLINTON - The Red Devils don't do anything flashy - just line up and run through you.
That's what Clinton did on Friday night in a 21-0 win over Union County.
The Devils put up 311 yards total offense, 278 yards on the ground - most by Trobias Brown and Taviouzie Booker.
Clinton (6-3, 3-1) scored all the game's points in the first half. The Devils set the tone early, starting the game with a 90-yard touchdown drive that was all on the ground and lasted eight minutes. Brown and Booker ran straight down the field, with Booker scoring on a 1-yard run.
"The first drive pretty much set the tone," said Yellow Jacket coach David Lipsey. "They just brought it right at us. They established the line of scrimmage. You've got to give it to them, they were more physical than us. They kind of whipped us."
Brown had 90 yards in the first quarter and 147 yards at the half.
Chris Rhodes returned a Jacket punt 62 yards for Clinton's next score.
Chandler Ramage caught a two-point pass.
The Devils capped the half with an 81-yard drive, all on the ground, except one 18-yard pass to Ryan Underwood. Brown scored on a 9-yard run.
UCHS had just two first downs in the first half, 34 total yards - 24 yards on the ground. Clinton had 208 yards rushing in the first half.
The Jackets played better defense in the second half. But Union County's offense continued to struggle, failing to score for the second time this season.
UCHS only managed 88 yards offense, 65 yards on the ground. In the second half, Union County was forced to abandon its new double wing offense and return to the spread.
"We just wanted a little change, because we need to open it up a little bit," said Lipsey. "So we went to the spread package we've been working on. We're going to stay with wing, but we've got them both ready."
The Jackets (4-5, 2-2) hosts Blue Ridge on Friday and it will be senior night at Union County Stadium. Blue Ridge plays Greer tonight.
"Blue Ridge is going to be tough," said Lipsey. "They
are a good football team. We'll have our work cut out for us. We have to regroup
after tonight and get ready to play."
Clinton 21, Union County 0
UCHS 0 0 0 0 - 0
CHS 6 15 0 0 - 21
C - Booker 1 run (kick failed)
C - Rhodes 62 punt return (Ramage catch)
C - Brown 9 run (Rogers kick)
Total yards: C 311; U 88
Rushing: C 278; U 65
Passing: C 33; U 23
First downs: C 11, U 5
Turnovers: C 0, U 1
Penalties: C 2-15; U 3-20
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