The Red Devils overwhelmed Chesnee, 35-6, with 291 net rushing yards. Mark Wise took the edge in yards (130-100), but Kris Holmes scored three touchdowns.
After the state’s top-ranked 2A football team, Abbeville, crushed Clinton a week earlier, head coach Andrew Webb said, “We’ve got to get better.” Next week, the Red Devils face the state’s top-ranked 3A team, Chapman, at Wilder Stadium.
They got better. In every way. Made all the extra points. Ran 14 more plays. Gained 134 more yards.
“They hurt (after the Abbeville setback),” Webb said. “There was no denying how poorly we played last week. They bounced back tonight from a brutal, brutal week of practice.”
One had to peruse the statistics pretty hard to find much to quibble with. Too many penalties. Gave up an onsides kick for the second time in three weeks.
All in all, the final non-region contest was a lovely affair, particularly since Chesnee (3-3) has already played four teams – Broome, Chapman, Woodruff and Clinton – from the Red Devils’ Region 3-3A.
“This was an outstanding way to measure ourselves against what’s coming next,” Webb said.
Halftime ceremonies honored two of Clinton’s eight state championship teams. Members of the 1977 and ’87 teams participated in the present team’s pregame “intangibles,” a motivational powwow that has preceded home games for at least six decades.
“That was as special a 30 minutes of Clinton football that I have been a part of in a long time,” Webb said. “A bunch of players came in and shared what those ‘intangibles’ meant. For our guys to hear that, man, it was unbelievable. It gave me goose bumps. I wanted to put a helmet on and go play.”
Clinton (2-3) scored a touchdown in every quarter (two in the first), never gave up a score until the final one, leading 28-0, and the ending was nice as backup quarterback Cameron Nichols led a team made up mostly of reserves on an 11-play, 67-yard, fourth-quarter scoring drive that ate up 7 minutes, 7 seconds. Titus Hood scored the touchdown from three yards out.
Clinton – Kris Holmes 1 run (Sam Tiller kick) 8:07 1st
Clinton – Dawson Green 35 pass from Konnor Richardson (Luke Mann kick) 2:46 1st
Clinton – Holmes 2 run (Mann kick) 6:59 2nd
Clinton – Holmes 2 run (Mann kick) 8:16 3rd
Chesnee – Alex Lee 19 run (kick failed) 9:53 4th
Clinton – Titus Hood 3 run (Mann kick) 1:46 4th
RUSHING: Chesnee, Lee 9-29, Total 24-43; Clinton, Mark Wise 15-130, Holmes 24-100, Hood 5-40, Darien Bailey 3-16, Richardson 3-13, Total 53-291.
PASSING, Chesnee, Kyler Reagan 8-15-0 78, Jacob Kimbrell 0-5-1 0; Clinton, Richardson 2-5-0 64.
RECEIVING: Dawson 5-47, Jordan Walker 2-23; Clinton, Green 1-35, Tquan Cromer 1-29.