8/24 7:00 H
Week #3 vs. Clinton (1-2)
Cardinals Use Ball Control For Victory
Unable to generate much offense, Clinton fell to Warrensburg-Latham in a game that they needed to win to keep their playoff chances alive.
Normally reliable John Smith was held to just 13 yards on only 8 carries. Clinton was also held to only 142 yards of total offense in the loss.
Things started out well for Clinton in the beginning, however. With 2:57 left in the opening quarter, Dusten Hubble hit Ross Bruenger in the endzone for a 10 yard pass play. The extra point kick was blocked leaving the Maroons up by six early.
Into the second quarter, the Cardinals started to drive. Once at the ten yard line, Cardinal Quarterback Zack Culp handed the ball to Luke Butts who made his way into the endzone. The extra point was through the uprights to give Warrensburg-Latham the advantage.
The Maroons were driving late into the second quarter when they faced a fourth and long from around the Warrensburg 15 yard line. From there, Hubble put the ball in the air, but Bo Kinder was unable to come with the catch in the corner of the endzone, possibly due to a shove from a Cardinal defender, but there was no call.
Going into the break, the teams were separated by just a point.
The third quarter came and went without any scoring, but the Cardinals had the advantage on time of possession.
The fourth quarter started and the Cardinals must have made it their goal to not let the Maroons get the ball.
If that was their plan, it worked.
The Cardinals put together a drive that lasted 12:49 ending in a 6 yard touchdown run. With the PAT, Warrensburg went up by 8.
Clinton wasn’t ready to surrender yet, though.
Dusten Hubble completed several passes, moving Clinton down the field. Then, with 12 seconds left, he hurled a pass right to the hands of his counterpart Zack Culp who returned it 92 yards to house to seal the Maroons’ fate.
The loss was especially tough for the Maroons who were in the game until the final seconds.
Hubble was able to complete only 8 of 19 passes for 121 yards.
Luke Butts lead the way for the Warrensburg rushing game with 68 yards on 14 carries. The Cardinals were able put together 189 total yards of rushing in the game.
The Cardinals’ fourth quarter drive was put together by several fourth down conversions and a third down conversion here and there.
Clinton’s defense just couldn’t stop the ground game which eventually sealed their fate.
Clinton will have a tough opponent to recover from when they host rival Maroa-Forsyth next week on ‘Maroon Pride Night.’ Warrensburg will also have a tough opponent as they travel to Monticello to take on the surprisingly undefeated Sages.
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