8/24 7:00 @
Week #8 vs. Sullivan
Clinton Loses Game, Playoff Hopes
Sullivan (Sullivan-Okaw Valley HS) – In a game the Clinton Maroons had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, Richie Highland’s speed proved to be too much for the banged up Maroons.
Clinton started the game off by playing well on defense, holding Richie Highland to minimal gains on his carries and also stopping the passing game. Clinton broke the deadlock in the second quarter on a fake reverse run to John Smith who sprinted down the sidelines for a 10 yard touchdown run. Bo Kinder added the extra point to put Clinton on top 7-0 early in the second.
The Maroons added another score on their next possession, when Tyler Monkman caught an under thrown pass, broke some tackles, and headed into the end zone for 43 yard touchdown. The PAT this time was no good, but Clinton had a nice lead of 13-0.
Sullivan must’ve been angered, because their next drive was impressive. Highland capped it off on a 35 yard touchdown run, where it didn’t look like any Maroons even got a hand on him. Peterson added the kick to make the score 13-7 with 3:59 left in the half.
Sullivan gained the momentum and ran away with it on their next drive. Not surprisingly, Highland ended the drive with a 6 yard touchdown run. The PAT was good putting Sullivan in the lead for the first time in the game, 14-13.
Then, disaster struck for the Maroons. The Redskins had the ball at the Maroon 47 yard line with only 3 seconds left on the clock, so a Hail Mary type of play was in order. Peterson fired a pass deep. The pass was deflected several times, but ended up in the arms of a Sullivan receiver who danced his way the last 10 yard for the impossible score! The Maroons had the wind knocked out of them as they headed into halftime down, 20-13.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, a Sullivan receiver caught the kickoff and ran up field, but was hit and lost the ball, looking like the Maroons recovered, however the referees chose to “re-do” the play. The Maroons kicked off again and Sullivan received good field position. This drive was all Richie Highland as well, capping it off on a 10 yard touchdown run to the outside. Peterson added the two point conversion completing the pass on a naked bootleg. The Redskins completely stopped the Maroon offense and lead 28-13.
Halfway through the final quarter, Richie Highland added his forth touchdown run of the game, just solidifying his honor as player of the game. The Maroons were able to score on a five yard touchdown pass, but it was meaningless. Sullivan kept their playoff hopes alive, while they ended Clinton’s playoff chances by a final score of 34-19.
This game was very disappointing for the Maroons, because a win here would’ve given them some momentum heading into their final regular season game against Meridian.
Sullivan meanwhile, will travel to Monticello to face the Sages.
Injuries really hurt the Maroons who couldn’t start first string Quarterback, Keith England because of a broken wrist. Instead, Cody Moody started, who played a decent game, throwing 2 touchdowns. Stud tailback, John Smith was only able to get 71 yards on 18 carries. Talented running backs have the given the Maroons trouble all season. But, they will look to salvage a four win season next week as they host the Meridian Hawks in Week 9.
by Matt Eshelman
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