Dragons hang tough but CAK pulls away 42-21

The Clinton Dragons kept it close for a half at second ranked CAK, trailing 14-7 at halftime, but the Warriors pulled away with 21 third-quarter points en route to a 42-21 win. Cole Smith threw three touchdowns for the Warriors and ran for two more scores as CAK improved to 8-0. Clinton’s J’Quan Thomas returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and caught 12 passes for 135 yards, including a 50-yard scoring catch and run in the fourth quarter. Tyler Thackerson went 26-of-43 passing for 279 yards but was picked off three times by CAK’s defense, which made Clinton (3-5) earn everything they got. DeMarea Whitt picked off a pass for Clinton—his third in two games. CAK’s offense was balanced with 165 yards rushing and 279 yards passing while the Dragons were one-dimensional with 279 passing yards but only five yards on the ground. Clinton has a bye week next week and returns to action October 23rd at Heritage on Fox & Farley Friday Night Football.

Clinton     7-0-  7-7—21
CAK         7-7-21-7—42


CAK—Phillip Nichols 47 pass from Cole Smith (Isaac Gallegos kick), 9:07, 1st
Clinton—Isaiah Vibbert 2 run (Garrett Zody kick), 3:09, 1st
CAK—Smith 7 run (Gallegos kick), 11:44, 2nd
CAK—Nichols 32 pass from Smith (Gallegos kick), 8:24, 3rd
CAK—Austin Pope 7 pass from Smith (Gallegos kick), 5:49, 3rd
Clinton—J’Quan Thomas 98 kickoff return (Zody kick), 5:30, 3rd
CAK—Smith 5 run (Gallegos kick), 3:03, 3rd
CAK—Alex Dalton 1 run (Gallegos kick), 3:49, 4th
Clinton—Thomas 50 pass from Tyler Thackerson (Zody kick), 2:27, 4th

Team stats

First downs: Clinton 17, CAK 22
Rushes-yards: Clinton 22-5, CAK 34-165
Passing yards: Clinton 279, CAK 260
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 26-43-3, CAK 22-28-1
Total plays-yards: Clinton 65-284, CAK 62-425
Punts-avg: Clinton 4-39.3, CAK 2-25.5
Return yardage: Clinton 156, CAK 70
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 4-35, CAK 0-0
Penalties-yards: Clinton 5-47, CAK 4-48
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 0-0, CAK 0-0
Time of possession: Clinton 23:54, CAK 24:06

Time of game: 2 hours, 47 minutes

Individual stats

Rushes – yards

Clinton: Thackerson 17-10, Travist Patrick 1-2, Cameron Washington 1-minus 1, Isaiah Vibbert 3-minus 6 (TD); CAK: Dalton 8-62 (TD), Smith 12-57 (2 TDs), Cole Welch 11-51, Kyle Carter 2-0, Team 1-minus 5

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)

Clinton: Thackerson 26-43-3 279 (TD); CAK: Smith 22-28-1 260 (3 TDs)

Receptions – yards

Clinton: Thomas 12-135 (TD), S.J. Powers 4-90, Demarea Whitt 4-31, Patrick 4-28, Vibbert 2-minus 5; CAK: Nichols 9-158 (2 TDs), Pope 6-47 (TD), Dalton 2-21, Stewart Howell 2-17, Welch 2-14, Baylor Caughorn 1-3

Punting – total yards – average

Clinton: Thackerson 4-157-39.3; CAK: Parker Owen 2-51-25.5

Kickoff returns – yards

Clinton: Thomas 3-129, Whitt 2-27; CAK: Caughorn 1-23, Jackson Pegram 1-17, Smith 1-15

Punt returns – yards

Clinton: none; CAK: Nichols 1-15

Interceptions – yards returned

Clinton: Whitt 1-0; CAK: West Shuler 1-0, Pegram 1-0, Craig Carter 1-0

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 6:30 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, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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