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Dragons fall short at Knox Halls

Time expires in back-and-forth heartbreaker

  • Clinton Will Briggs hems in a Halls receiver keeping a pitch and catch to a short gain. - Ken Leinart

  • Dragon Blake Cooper scoots around a block by Trent Herrell for a first down run Friday night. - Ken Leinart

Clinton traveled to Halls on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 for a non-conference football game against the Red Devils. The final score was 26-34.

The game was close until the end, with Halls scoring two touchdowns to put the Red Devils in an early lead. It looked as though it was going to be all Halls, but Clinton’s Eli Deshomme quickly scored seconds into the second quarter, putting the Dragons only a touchdown behind.

But 17 seconds after Clinton’s first touchdown, Halls scored again.

Clinton answered when Jacob Brock scored again in the second after a long, grueling slog down the field where Clinton fought for every single yard, but, rather than gaining on Halls, they stayed two touchdowns behind as Halls scored with four seconds left in the first half.

The second half opened with a Clinton touchdown by Blake Cooper after a 25-yard run, but, again, Halls answered with a touchdown of its own, after a 50-yard run. Finally, Clinton’s Cooper scored with 1:30 left in the fourth, putting the score at the final 26-34 in favor of Halls. Clinton played a fantastic game against Halls and really showed off its strengths. The Dragons had more total yards than Halls, finishing the night with 450 yards to Halls’ 390.

They also pulled 21 first downs to Halls’ 15. Similar to its previous games, though, Clinton suffered against a passing team, giving up 254 yards to Halls. Clinton also fumbled the ball three times, losing two of those. Add that to three interceptions and Halls had an advantage

Clinton did get two separate sacks, though, with one coming from Trevor Linderman for a loss of seven, and another from Deven Monroe for a loss of five.

Clinton also possessed the ball for three minutes longer than Halls and, despite having the same amount of penalties, less penalty yards. Clinton plays Meigs County this Friday at 7:30 pm in Decatur.