Dragons routed at Rhea

Friday night the Clinton Dragons ran into bad weather and a buzzsaw of a football team as the Rhea County Golden Eagles dismantled them 62-10. Following an 89-minute lightning delay, the Dragons scored first on a 17-yard Deonta Duncan touchdown run and answered a quick Rhea County score with a Garrett Zody field goal that put them up 10-7 with 6:45 to play in the first quarter. From there, however, it was all Rhea County as they scored 55 unanswered points on their way to a lopsided victory at home. The numbers tell the story as the Eagles outgained Clinton 502-174, ran for six touchdowns and threw for three more.

Game summary:

Clinton            10-  0-  0-0—10
Rhea County    28-14-13-7—62
Clinton—Deonta Duncan 17 run (Garrett Zody kick), 9:53, 1st
Rhea County—Noel Patterson 68 run (Bodhi Buffenbarger kick), 8:42, 1st
Clinton—FG Zody 23, 6:45, 1st
Rhea County—Patterson 67 pass from Daniel Dotson (Buffenbarger kick), 6:00, 1st
Rhea County—Patterson 30 pass from Dotson (Buffenbarger kick), 3:06, 1st
Rhea County—Mason Stephenson 7 run (Buffenbarger kick), 1:56, 1st
Rhea County—Dylan Smith 37 run (Buffenbarger kick), 2:17, 2nd
Rhea County—Patterson 14 pass from Dotson (Buffenbarger kick), 0:46, 2nd
Rhea County—Dotson 6 run (Buffenbarger kick), 9:12, 3rd
Rhea County—Eddie Davis 3 run (kick failed), 2:22, 3rd
Rhea County—Peyton Barger 58 run (Buffenbarger kick), 7:35, 4th
Team stats
First downs: Clinton 10, Rhea County 21
Rushes-yards: Clinton 25-45, Rhea County 34-318
Passing yards: Clinton 129, Rhea County 184
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 14-23-1, Rhea County 8-12-0
Total plays-yards: Clinton 48-174, Rhea County 46-502
Punts-avg: Clinton 6-31.7, Rhea County 1-46.0
Return yardage: Clinton 85, Rhea County 53
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 4-23, Rhea County 1-11
Penalties-yards: Clinton 7-69, Rhea County 12-121
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 2-1, Rhea County 4-0
Time of possession: Clinton 25:51, Rhea County 22:09
Time of game: 2 hours, 14 minutes (start of game delayed 1 hour, 29 minutes, by lightning)

Individual stats
Rushes – yards: Clinton: Duncan 6-23 (TD), Billy Long 4-12, Addison Dupree 4-6, Tyler Thackerson 9-5, Andrew Shoopman 2-minus 1; Rhea County: Smith 5-79 (TD), Patterson 1-68 (TD), Barger 1-58 (TD), Davis 3-41 (TD), Stephenson 6-35 (TD), Cody Bice 6-26, Dotson 5-9 (TD), Parker Lewis 2-5, Brandon Hunt 2-2, Braxton Dieckhaus 2-1, Zack Pemberton 1-minus 6
Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards): Clinton: Thackerson 14-23-1 129; Rhea County: Dotson 8-12-0 184 (3 TDs)
Receptions – yards: Clinton: Whitt 4-49, S.J. Powers 3-29, Beau Crisp 2-47, Travist Patrick 1-4, Isaiah Vibbert 1-3, Long 1-0, Duncan 1-minus 1, Luke Harrison 1-minus 2; Rhea County: Patterson 5-135 (3 TDs), Jared Edwards 2-27, Bice 1-22
Punting – total yards – average: Clinton: Thackerson 5-161-32.2, Ryan Barnett 1-29-29.0; Rhea County: Gavin Downey 1-46-46.0
Kickoff returns – yards: Clinton: Whitt 3-61, Mark Sexton 2-24; Rhea County: Bice 1-23

Punt returns – yards: Clinton: none; Rhea County: Chris Sturgeon 1-16, Patterson 1-14
Interceptions – yards returned: Clinton: none; Rhea County: Travis Aikman 1-0
Fumble recoveries: Clinton: none; Rhea County: Aikman

Sacks – yards: Clinton: Scott Fisher 0.5-6, Jason Good 0.5-5; Rhea County: Downey 1.5-13, James Sharp 1.5-5, Davis 0.5-3, Jon Shoemake 0.5-2

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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