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Beavers down Dragons in thriller on late FG

Karns 38 Clinton 36: Edson Castro hit a 46-yard field goal that cleared the crossbar by less than a foot with 1.7 seconds left Friday night as the Karns Beavers edged the Clinton Dragons 38-36 in a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 regular season.

The Dragons had taken the lead 36-35 on an Isaiah Washington touchdown run that covered 43 yards, followed by a 2-point conversion run by Cameron Washington with just uner one minute to play.

Karns drove down the field, aided by a pair of 15-yard penalties against the Dragons, to set up the game-winning field goal.

Isaiah Washington rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while Josh Breeden added 109 yards and two scores of his own on just 10 carries. Cameron Washington rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown for Clinton. Karns was led by Tee Hodge-Harper, who ran for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries.

For the game, Clinton outgained Karns 475-449, including grinding out 369 yards rushing.

Karns ended its season 4-6, 1-5 in Region 3-5A, while Clinton ended its season 2-8, 0-6, having lost their final eight games.

(Box score, game stats by Dan McWilliams)

Karns       7- 7-7-17—38
Clinton     0-14-7-15—36

Karns—Teahzjawon Hodge-Harper 2 run (Edson Castro kick), 6:04, 1st
Clinton—Josh Breeden 14 run (Garrett Zody kick), 7:25, 2nd
Karns—Jordan Gillespie 27 pass from Daniel Kitts (Castro kick), 6:33, 2nd
Clinton—Cameron Washington 3 run (Zody kick), 2:45, 2nd
Clinton—Isaiah Washington 6 run (Zody kick), 7:10, 3rd
Karns—Hodge-Harper 77 run (Castro kick), 2:12, 3rd
Karns—Hodge-Harper 7 run (Castro kick), 8:57, 4th
Clinton—Breeden 48 run (Zody kick), 5:28, 4th
Karns—Thomas Harper 56 pass from Kitts (Castro kick), 2:41, 4th
Clinton—I. Washington 43 run (C. Washington run), 0:52.3, 4th
Karns—FG Castro 46, 0:01.7, 4th

Team stats
First downs: Clinton 25, Karns 21
Rushes-yards: Clinton 51-369, Karns 36-303
Passing yards: Clinton 106, Karns 146
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 7-19-2, Karns 10-14-1
Total plays-yards: Clinton 70-475, Karns 50-449
Punts-avg: Clinton 2-39.5, Karns 2-50.0
Return yardage: Clinton 98, Karns 168
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 1-3, Karns 0-0
Penalties-yards: Clinton 7-71, Karns 10-110
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 3-0, Karns 2-2
Time of possession: Clinton 28:33, Karns 19:27
Time of game: 3 hours, 11 minutes

Individual stats
Rushes – yards

Clinton: I. Washington 15-166 (2 TDs), Breeden 10-109 (2 TDs), C. Washington 15-77 (TD), Luke Harrison 4-13, Reagan McKamey 5-11, Cody Parker 1-7, Team 1-minus 14; Karns: Hodge-Harper 24-250 (3 TDs), Kobe Vaughn 8-45, Kitts 4-8

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)
Clinton: Harrison 6-18-2 102, I. Washington 1-1-0 4 Karns: Kitts 10-14-1 146 (2 TDs)

Receptions – yards
Clinton: Parker 3-28, Andrew Niner 2-14, McKamey 1-55, Jacob Brock 1-9; Karns: Harper 4-79 (TD), Gillespie 3-43 (TD), Drew Weaver 1-12, Trey Hawkins 1-10, Vaughn 1-2

Punting – total yards – average
Clinton: Zody 2-79-39.5; Karns: Kitts 2-100-50.0

Kickoff returns – yards
Clinton: I. Washington 4-69, Niner 1-12; Karns: Hawkins 3-82, Dalton Presley 1-7

Punt returns – yards
Clinton: none; Karns: Harper 2-79

Interceptions – yards returned
Clinton: Luke Johnson 1-17; Karns: Jaquese Clark 1-0, Harper 1-0

Fumble recoveries

Clinton: Johnson, I. Washington; Karns: none

Sacks – yards
Clinton: none; Karns: Anthony Woods 1-3

Missed field goals – yards
Clinton: Zody 55; Karns: none

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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