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Clinton’s Chase Glandon (55), Elijah Batiste (17), and Riley Silk (32) put the wraps on a Greeneville back for no gain Friday night. (photo:Ken Leinart )
Although Greeneville defeated Clinton 13-7 in a two-quarter scrimmage Thursday at the 5 Star Preps Jamboree at Carson-Newman, Dragon Coach Darell Keith was pleased with how his team responded after the Greene Devils bolted out to a 13-0 lead.

Dragon quarterback Joshuah Keith, in his only quarter of play, went 4-for-8 passing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Jawan Goins rushed five times for 20 yards in the first quarter, which was for the varsity teams. D’mon Marable caught the touchdown pass for the Dragons. Marable finished with two catches for 21 yards, while Braylon Taylor caught two passes for 20 yards.


“I thought we held our own. We clamped down there for a minute,” head coach Keith said. “We got over the shock and awe. I was really impressed with how the guys fought. We’ve got a good football team. I liked the way our offense drove the ball down there and stuck it in there. I was really, really impressed. I couldn’t be more happy how they performed.”

Greeneville’s first-team offense opened the scrimmage with a 47-yard pass to the Dragon 23. A holding penalty moved them back to the 33, but they moved the ball into the end zone on seven running plays, the last a 2-yard quarterback sneak for the score. The extra-point kick failed.

A quarterback sack led to Clinton going three-and-out on its first possession.

After a punt to the Greene Devil 44, Greeneville scored in only one play, a 56-yard TD pass down the left sideline. The extra point made it 13-0 with 6:18 left in the first quarter.

Clinton then marched the ball down the field 70 yards in 12 plays to spoil the shutout. Taylor caught a 22-yard pass from Keith to get the drive going. Several runs by Goins helped move the sticks, and Marable reeled in a 10-yard pass to set up first-and-goal at the 8. After two negative plays and an incomplete pass, Marable caught the touchdown on an 11-yard Keith toss over the middle on fourth-and-goal. Jacob Prewitt’s kick made it a 13-7 game with 1:00 left in the quarter.

Greeneville failed to score in the final minute of the quarter, after which the junior-varsity teams took over for the second period.

Both teams went three-and-out on their first possession of the JV quarter, with Elijah Sexton taking over as quarterback for the Dragons. Greeneville turned the ball over on downs on its second drive, and Clinton withstood a sack that led to a punt on its second series of the period. Riley Silk’s 3-yard rush was the Dragons’ longest play of the JV quarter.

When asked if Clinton is ready for its home and season opener this Friday against William Blount, head coach Keith said the Dragons are, but then he flipped the question.

“The new phrase is, ‘Is William Blount ready for us?’” he said. “It’s time for us to stop being ready for people, and now it’s people are going to be ready for us.”