Soddy-Daisy 42 Clinton 19…The Dragons ground-and-pound offensive was effectively ground to a halt and the homestanding Trojans advanced in the 5A playoffs.
Clinton’s bruising rushing attack, which had over 470 yards rushing a week ago and averaged almost 10 yards per carry, was held in check, was limited to 150 yards and just three yards per carry by a fast, aggressive Trojan defense. Soddy-Daisy (6-4) gave the Dragons a taste of their own medicine, running the ball on 35 of 38 plays, and churning out 266 yards on the ground.
The Trojans “big-played” the Orange and Black as they built and extended their first quarter lead. Garrett Richardson ran the ball three times, scoring a 54-yard touchdown on his first carry and a 46-yard touchdown on his second carry of the night. He also caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Gore–his only catch of the night. The Trojans also got an 89-yard kickoff return from Kesean Eubanks and two rushing touchdowns from Hayden Maynor.
Clinton was led by Josh Breeden, who rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown. Brantley Nichols caught a scoring strike from Luke Harrison and Cody Parker closed out the scoring late in the third quarter with an 84-yard kickoff return touchdown of his own.
Clinton ended its season with a 4-7 record, and a solid foundation for 2019.
(Box score compiled by Dan McWilliams)
Clinton 7- 6- 6- 0—19
Soddy Daisy 14-14-14-0—42
Soddy Daisy—Garrett Richardson 54 run (Cooper Hamilton kick), 8:43, 1st
Clinton—Josh Breeden 15 run (Noah Grumbach kick), 2:26, 1st
Soddy Daisy—KeSean Eubanks 89 kick return (Hamilton kick), 2:14, 1st
Soddy Daisy—Hayden Maynor 7 run (Hamilton kick), 10:46, 2nd
Soddy Daisy—Richardson 46 run (Hamilton kick), 6:01, 2nd
Clinton—Brantley Nichols 13 pass from Luke Harrison (kick failed), 0:40.2, 2nd
Soddy Daisy—Maynor 33 run (Hamilton kick), 11:09, 3rd
Soddy Daisy—Richardson 59 pass from Spencer Gore (Hamilton kick), 0:20.4, 3rd
Clinton—Cody Parker 84 kick return (run failed), 0:05.6, 3rd
First downs: Clinton 15, Soddy Daisy 10
Rushes-yards: Clinton 48-150, Soddy Daisy 35-266
Passing yards: Clinton 53, Soddy Daisy 59
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 5-15-1, Soddy Daisy 2-3-0
Total plays-yards: Clinton 63-203, Soddy Daisy 38-325
Punts-avg: Clinton 5-27.8, Soddy Daisy 2-26.0
Return yardage: Clinton 155, Soddy Daisy 114
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 1-5, Soddy Daisy 0-0
Penalties-yards: Clinton 8-57, Soddy Daisy 6-44
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 3-1, Soddy Daisy 5-1
Time of possession: Clinton 31:00, Soddy Daisy 17:00
Individual stats…Rushes – yards…Clinton: Breeden 16-78 (TD), Reagan McKamey 12-26, Parker 5-24, Andrew Shoopman 3-10, Jacob Brock 3-10, Blake Cooper 2-9, Isaiah Washington 1-5, Harrison 6-minus 12; Soddy Daisy: Maynor 22-180 (2 TDs), Richardson 3-102 (2 TDs), Gore 7-2, Team 3-minus 18
Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)…Clinton: Harrison 5-12-1 53 (TD), Brock 0-2-0 0, Bryce Collins 0-1-0 0; Soddy Daisy: Gore 2-3-0 59 (TD)
Receptions – yards…Clinton: Nichols 2-29 (TD), Parker 2-23, Brock 1-1; Soddy Daisy: Richardson 1-59 (TD), Eubanks 1-0
Punting – total yards – average…Clinton: Bryce Collins 4-139-34.8, Team 1-0 (block); Soddy Daisy: Gore 1-44-44.0, Team 1-8 (block)
Kickoff returns – yards...Clinton: Parker 5-130 (TD), Conner Moody 1-15, Nichols 1-10; Soddy Daisy: Eubanks 2-113 (TD), T.J. Patton 1-minus 6
Punt returns – yards...Clinton: none; Soddy Daisy: Cooper Chambers 1-5, Landen Reece 1-2
Interceptions – yards returned…Clinton: none; Soddy Daisy: Jalan Render 1-0
Fumble recoveries…Clinton: Brock; Soddy Daisy: Chambers
Sacks – yards…Clinton: none; Soddy Daisy: Patton 1-5
Blocked punt…Clinton: Team; Soddy Daisy: Chambers
Blocked field goal…Clinton: Zach Page; Soddy Daisy: none
Missed field goal – yards…Clinton: none; Soddy Daisy: Hamilton 39 (blocked)