Dragon rally runs out of time, CHS falls to Farragut 45-39

Friday night the Clinton Dragons ran out of time to complete their comeback against 4th-ranked Farragut but did serve notice that they will not be rolling over for anyone as the playoffs begin Friday. Farragut outlasted the Orange & Black 45-39. It was Senior Night at Clinton High School and senior quarterback Tyler Thackerson turned in another “Thackersonian “ performance, accounting for 616 total yards and 6 touchdowns. Thackerson completed 41 of his 60 pass attempts for 538 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding 78 yards rushing on 22 carries and two more scores. All four of his scoring passes went to J’Quan Thomas, who caught 18 passes for 271 yards. His 18 receptions tied him for third most in a single game in Tennessee high school football history. Farragut led 17-14 at halftime but reeled off 21 points in the third quarter to lead 38-20 heading to the fourth, but the pesky Dragons scored 19 points in the 4th quarter, but ran out of time to complete the comeback. Senior S.J. Powers hauled in nine receptions for 162 yards for Clinton as well. Clinton (4-6) travels to 8-2 Ooltewah Friday in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs.

Farragut 7- 10- 21- 7— 45
Clinton 6- 8- 6- 19—39

Scoring

Farragut—Davis Simmons 71 pass from Jacob Naumoff (Carter Phillipy kick), 10:13, 1st
Clinton—Tyler Thackerson 29 run (kick failed), 6:34, 1st
Clinton—J’Quan Thomas 19 pass from Thackerson (S.J. Powers pass from Thackerson), 6:57, 2nd
Farragut—Simmons 19 pass from Naumoff (Phillipy kick), 6:10, 2nd
Farragut—FG Phillipy 38, 1:52, 2nd
Farragut—Tanner Thomas 1 run (Phillipy kick), 7:32, 3rd
Farragut—Justin Kirkendall 79 interception return (Phillipy kick), 4:28, 3rd
Clinton—Thomas 32 pass from Thackerson (kick failed), 2:15, 3rd
Farragut—Simmons 25 pass from Naumoff (Phillipy kick), 0:13.4, 3rd
Clinton—Thackerson 1 run (pass failed), 10:04, 4th
Farragut—Thomas 12 run (Phillipy kick), 8:26, 4th
Clinton—Thomas 43 pass from Thackerson (pass failed), 5:28, 4th
Clinton—Thomas 28 pass from Thackerson (Garrett Zody kick), 1:05, 4th

Team stats

First downs: Clinton 32, Farragut 22
Rushes-yards: Clinton 31-79, Farragut 35-319
Passing yards: Clinton 549, Farragut 218
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 42-61-1, Farragut 11-21-0
Total plays-yards: Clinton 92-628, Farragut 56-537
Punts-avg: Clinton 4-33.3, Farragut 2-41.5
Return yardage: Clinton 66, Farragut 140
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 3-35, Farragut 2-7
Penalties-yards: Clinton 5-45, Farragut 11-112
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 2-0, Farragut 3-1
Time of possession: Clinton 30:39, Farragut 17:21

Time of game: 2 hours, 48 minutes

Individual stats

Rushes – yards

Clinton: Thackerson 22-78 (2 TDs), Travist Patrick 5-20, Demarea Whitt 1-minus 5, Team 1-minus 6, Thomas 2-minus 8; Farragut: Thomas 25-291 (2 TDs), Cooper Hardin 4-30, Naumoff 5-4, Team 1-minus 6

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)

Clinton: Thackerson 41-60-1 538 (4 TDs), Patrick 1-1-0 11; Farragut: Naumoff 11-21-0 218 (3 TDs)

Receptions – yards

Clinton: Thomas 18-271 (4 TDs), Powers 9-162, Whitt 7-42, Patrick 4-45, Luke Harrison 3-18, Thackerson 1-11; Farragut: Simmons 3-115 (3 TDs), Cole Morgan 8-103

Punting – total yards – average

Clinton: Thackerson 4-133-33.3; Farragut: Joe Doyle 2-83-41.5

Kickoff returns – yards

Clinton: Thomas 2-48, Whitt 1-18; Farragut: Alex Tindal 3-15, Morgan 1-8

Punt returns – yards

Clinton: none; Farragut: Kirkendall 2-38

Interceptions – yards returned

Clinton: none; Farragut: Kirkendall 1-79 (TD)

Fumble recoveries

Clinton: Trevon Hill; Farragut: none:

Sacks – yards

Clinton: Isaiah Vibbert 1-5, Hill 1-2; Farragut: Hunter Fox 2-20, Hardin 1-15

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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