Clinton comes back, beats Union

 

By BRIAN WHITMORE
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times

It was a battle and when the smoke cleared Clinton had won the war.

The Red Devils came back to defeat the Union Yellow Jackets 21-3 on Friday night at Union County Stadium.

Union led 3-0 going into the final period, then things unraveled. Penalties hurt Union drives all night and it was a flag that shifted momentum in Clinton's favor.

The Devils (4-1) were driving early in the fourth quarter, but faced third down on the Union 28-yard line. The Jackets were called for an illegal block, giving Clinton the ball on the 13. Billy Crouse took it in from there and Eli Watts added the point-after. The Devils went 70 yards in 9 plays to score.

Jeremy Hughes returned the kickoff to the Clinton 31 and the Union went to work. Quarterback Cameron Willis was shook up on a play and Bo Whitney took over on fourth down. Whitney hit Jay Crawford on a 14-yard pass to extend the drive.

But Whitney made an errant throw that was picked off by Kelton Hall, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown. Watt's kick gave Clinton a 14-3 lead.

Union's next drive stalled. The Devils then went 83 yards in 11 plays to score again on a 3-yard Crouse run with 2:26 left. Watt's kick was true.

"We had so many opportunities and we didn't convert," said Union coach Tommy Bobo. "When you play a good team and you don't convert them, you're not going to win the ball game."

Union's score came on a 27-yard Brooke Jackson field goal in the first quarter. Brandon Jeter recovered a fumbled punt to key the score.

Other than the field goal, three quarters was a defensive battle. In fact, most of Clinton's yardage came in the final period.

In addition to Jeter's fumble recovery, Sam Hammond picked up a loose ball. Rodricius Henderson and Billy Jennings had interceptions.

"Our defense played outstanding football," said Bobo.

But so did Clinton. Union conceded the run and went to the air. The Devils made two key fourth down stops in the second half.

When the dust had cleared both teams had about 190 yards off offense, almost all of Union's through the air and all of Clinton's on the ground.

"We still have confidence in our kids to make plays," said Bobo. "We've got to regroup and find out what we need to do for this coming week."

Union (1-4) travels to Eastside next Friday.



Clinton 21, Union 3
Clinton   0  0  0  21  -  21
Union     3  0  0  0   -   0

Scoring summary:
U - Brooke Jackson 27-yard field goal
C - Billy Crouse 13 run (Eli Watts kick)
C - Kelton Hall 60 INT return (Watts kick)
C - Crouse 3 run (Watts kick)

Stats
Passing: Union 181; Clinton 5
Rush: Union 13; Clinton 185
Total: Union 194; Clinton 190
First downs: Union 13; Clinton 12
Penalties: Union 9-70; Clinton 3-25
Turnovers: Union 2 (1 fumble, 1 interception); Clinton 4 (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions)

Individual
Receiving: Union - LJ Mobley 7-58, Rodrick Gilmore 7-56, Jay Crawford 3-39, Travis Sims 2-25, Kierre Smith 2-3. Clinton - Pee Wee Valentine 1-5
Rushing: Union - Rodrick Gilmore 1-12, Mark Worthy 4-10. Clinton - Billy Crouse 10-66, Freddie Byrd 10-44, Kelton Hall 2-21, Dontavius Glenn 7-27, Brian Kingsborough 13-27
Passing: Union - Cameron Willis 20-37-0-181; Bo Whitney 1-1-1-14. Clinton - Dontavious Glenn 1-5-5

 

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