Dragons set school scoring record, thump Heritage 75-43

The Clinton Dragons scored touchdowns on their first ten possessions and did not punt until late in the second half as they outscored heritage 75-43 Friday night. That scoring total for Clinton is the highest in school history, breaking a 45-year-old record set in 1970 in a 69-0 win over Unicoi County. Tyler Thackerson put together one of the best nights a Tennessee high school quarterback has ever enjoyed as he accounted for 559 total yards of offense (454 passing, 105 rushing) and threw eight touchdown passes, tying him for the third most ever thrown in a single game in the state. Thackerson was surgical, completing 29 of 36 passes, 11 of which went to J’Quan Thomas, who turned them in to 264 yards and four touchdowns. Demarea Whitt had 10 catches for 79 yards and two scores; SJ Powers collected two touchdown passes; and Isaiah Vibbert did double-duty, catching a scoring pass and running for another TD. Travist Patrick and Billy Long also scored on the ground for the Dragons. While the score might not reflect it, the Dragon defense did its job all night, forcing four Mountaineer turnovers. Christian Bailey recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for CHS (4-5) while Jamahl Booker recovered a fumble and Thomas added an interception to his impressive stat line. Clinton outgained Heritage 663-520 and the Mountaineers did put up 360 yards rushing, including 210 by Colton Wright, who scored twice, and Dustin Richardson, who also scored twice from the quarterback position.

Clinton        21-27-20-7—75
Heritage       7-14-14-8—43


Clinton—J’Quan Thomas 43 pass from Tyler Thackerson (Garrett Zody kick), 9:43, 1st
Clinton—Isaiah Vibbert 16 run (Zody kick), 3:43, 1st
Clinton—S.J. Powers 1 pass from Thackerson (Zody kick), 2:19, 1st
Heritage—Colton Wright 2 run (Kyle Broome kick), 1:23, 1st
Clinton—Demarea Whitt 10 pass from Thackerson (Zody kick), 10:59, 2nd
Heritage—J.P. Pearson 10 pass from Dustin Richardson (Broome kick), 7:35, 2nd
Clinton—Thomas 65 pass from Thackerson (Zody kick), 7:22, 2nd
Clinton—Vibbert 11 pass from Thackerson (kick failed), 2:43, 2nd
Heritage—Richardson 45 run (Broome kick), 1:00, 2nd
Clinton—Thomas 34 pass from Thackerson (Zody kick), 0:00, 2nd
Clinton—Powers 4 pass from Thackerson (run failed), 8:07, 3rd
Heritage—Wright 3 run (kick failed), 5:53, 3rd
Heritage—Richardson 4 run (Wright pass from Richardson), 4:28, 3rd
Clinton—Thomas 20 pass from Thackerson (Zody kick), 4:15, 3rd
Clinton—Travist Patrick 1 run (Zody kick), 1:34, 3rd
Clinton—Billy Long 2 run (Zody kick), 5:54, 4th
Heritage—Cameron Carter 4 run (Dallas Graham pass from Carter), 3:06, 4th

Team stats

First downs: Clinton 30, Heritage 26
Rushes-yards: Clinton 32-209, Heritage 46-363
Passing yards: Clinton 454, Heritage 157
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 29-36-0, Heritage 20-34-2
Total plays-yards: Clinton 68-663, Heritage 80-520
Punts-avg: Clinton 2-29.5, Heritage 1-16.0
Return yardage: Clinton 66, Heritage 225
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 0-0, Heritage 0-0
Penalties-yards: Clinton 10-74, Heritage 6-56
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 1-0, Heritage 3-2
Time of possession: Clinton 23:16, Heritage 24:44

Time of game: 2 hours, 54 minutes

Individual stats

Rushes – yards

Clinton: Thackerson 11-105, Vibbert 4-47 (TD), Long 8-34 (TD), Patrick 8-24 (TD), Joseph Keathley 1-minus 1; Heritage: Wright 31-210 (2 TDs), Richardson 7-86 (2 TDs), Carter 3-51 (TD), James Ambagis 3-33, Team 2-minus 17

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)

Clinton: Thackerson 29-36-0 454 (8 TDs); Heritage: Richardson 19-32-2 151 (TD), Carter 1-2-0 6

Receptions – yards

Clinton: Thomas 11-264 (4 TDs), Whitt 10-79 (TD), Powers 3-44 (2 TDs), Vibbert 2-14 (TD), Patrick 1-48, Christian Bailey 1-5, Luke Harrison 1-0; Heritage: Pearson 13-81 (TD), Carter 2-40, Wright 2-17, Riley Hill 2-10, Cameron Allison 1-9

Punting – total yards – average

Clinton: Thackerson 1-33-33.0, Zody 1-26-26.0; Heritage: Broome 1-16-16.0

Kickoff returns – yards

Clinton: Trey Herrell 1-30, Patrick 1-minus 4; Heritage: Zach Amburn 4-148, Johnathon Johnson 3-39, Tyler Thomas 1-22, Wright 1-16, Ethan Foister 1-0

Punt returns – yards

Clinton: none; Heritage: Wright 1-0

Interceptions – yards returned

Clinton: Bailey 1-23, Thomas 1-9; Heritage: none

Fumbles – yards returned

Clinton: Bailey 1-8; Heritage: none

Fumble recoveries

Clinton: Bailey, Jamahl Booker; Heritage: none:

Sacks – yards

(none for either team)

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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