Friday night, the Clinton Dragons posted some impressive offensive numbers, but turned the ball over five times, as they fell to 0-3 on the season with a 34-26 loss at Halls.
Expecting the Red Devils to run the football as is their MO, the Dragons were caught flat-footed when, on the first play of the game, Tae Rucker hauled in a halfback option pass from Brett McMahan and scored from 79 yards out. The score remained 7-0 until Jake Parris scored the first of his four touchdowns of the night on a 42 yard pass from quarterback Ty Humphrey.
Clinton struck back early in the second quarter on a 6-yard Eli Deshomme run over the right side, but on the ensuing kickoff, saw Parris take it another 79 yards for a score that gave Halls a 21-6 lead. Clinton answered back three minutes later when Jacob Brock plunged in from one yard out to draw back to within 21-13. Halls scored with 4.9 seconds left in the half on a 7-yard pass from Humphrey to Parris to take a 28-13 lead into halftime.
Clinton struck first in the third quarter, with Blake Cooper busting loose for a 25-yard touchdown that made the score 28-20. Parris capped off his big offensive night with a 50-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.
Clinton closed the gap to 34-26 with 1:29 to go in the game on a Cooper eight-yard run, but were unable to recover an onside kick.
Cooper led Clinton with 138 yards on 16 carries, and the two touchdowns. Deshomme gained another 89 yards on the ground on 14 carries, and a score, while Conner Moody piled up 80 yards on nine carries. Evan Winchester made two athletic, circus catches over smaller defenders on his way to five receptions for 91 yards.
Clinton was intercepted three times, and lost two fumbles, while Halls turned the ball over only one time in the game.
Clinton outgained Halls 450-390, including boasting a 324-136 advantage on the ground, but the Red Devils outpaced the Dragons through the air, 254-126.
Stats by Dan McWilliams
Halls—Tae Rucker 79 pass from Brett McMahan (Jake Marcantel kick), 11:38, 1st
Halls—Jake Parris 42 pass from Ty Humphrey (kick failed), 3:00, 1st
Clinton—Eli Deshomme 6 run (kick failed), 11:54, 2nd
Halls—Parris 79 kickoff return (McMahan run), 11:37, 2nd
Clinton—Jacob Brock 1 run (Noah Grumbach kick), 8:05, 2nd
Halls—Parris 7 pass from Humphrey (Marcantel kick), 0:04.9, 2nd
Clinton—Blake Cooper 25 run (Grumbach kick), 8:39, 3rd
Halls—Parris 50 run (kick failed), 1:08, 3rd
Clinton—Cooper 8 run (kick failed), 1:29, 4th
First downs: Clinton 21, Halls 15
Rushes-yards: Clinton 46-324, Halls 26-136
Passing yards: Clinton 126, Halls 254
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 7-15-3, Halls 15-20-0
Total plays-yards: Clinton 61-450, Halls 46-390
Punts-avg: Clinton 0-0, Halls 3-26.3
Return yardage: Clinton 49, Halls 122
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 1-6, Halls 2-12
Penalties-yards: Clinton 8-69, Halls 8-78
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 3-2, Halls 3-1
Time of possession: Clinton 25:35, Halls 22:25
Time of game: 2 hours, 38 minutes
Rushes – yards…Clinton: Cooper 16-138 (2 TDs), Deshomme 14-89 (TD), Connor Moody 9-80, Xander Allen 2-15, Bryce Cottongim 1-9, Brock 3-minus 3 (TD), Team 1-minus 4; Halls: Parris 9-102 (TD), Ty Hurst 3-26, Parker Breeden 4-11, Hunter Cox 4-11, McMahan 1-0, Team 1-minus 3, Humphrey 4-minus 11
Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)…Clinton: Brock 7-15-3 126; Halls: Humphrey 13-18-0 133 (2 TDs), McMahan 1-1-0 79 (TD), Simon Williams 1-1-0 42
Receptions – yards…Clinton: Winchester 5-91, Cooper 1-29, Moody 1-6; Halls: Parris 4-55 (2 TDs), Jayden White 3-56, Williams 3-28, Rucker 2-85 (TD), Hayden Woods 1-22, Caden Stephens 1-7, Hurst 1-1
Punting – total yards – average…Clinton: none; Halls: Jonathan Kiser 3-79-26.3
Kickoff returns – yards…Clinton: Andrew Summerour 1-20, Deshomme 1-18, Edwin Resendiz 1-11; Halls: Parris 1-79 (TD), Hurst 1-6
Punt returns – yards…(none for either team)
Interceptions – yards returned…Clinton: none; Halls: Stephens 2-28, Ethan Crawford 1-9
Fumble returns – yards…Clinton: Eddie Lanfair 1-8; Halls: none
Fumble recoveries…Clinton: Lanfair; Halls: Crawford, Parris
Sacks – yards…Clinton: Trevor Linderman 1-7, Deven Monroe 1-5; Halls: Cox 1-6