Dragons rally on road, upend Beavers

Clinton 29 Karns 26: The Dragons entered the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game at Karns down by a score of 26-14. Instead of packing it in, however, Clinton took over in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 29-26 win over the Beavers.

The young Dragons grew up a lot on Friday night, especially first-year starting quarterback, sophomore Luke Harrison, who led the Dragons’ comeback with two fourth-quarter touchdown tosses, one to Demarea Whitt and the game-winner to J’Quan Thomas with 5:08 to play. From there, the defense held and the Dragons won their first game of the season to improve to 1-2, 1-1 in Region 3-5A.

Dragon running back Billy Long was a workhorse for Clinton on 25 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Harrison was solid, completing 17 of his 28 passes for 227 yards, the two fourth-quarter scores and one interception. Thomas finished with eight catches for 155 yards and a TD while Whitt finished with seven catches for 65 yards and score. Whitt also picked off his third pass in two games and recovered a fumble.

Clinton    0-14-  0-15—29
Karns      6-  7-13  -0—26


Karns—Chance Schubert 1 run (kick failed), 9:18, 1st
Clinton—Billy Long 12 run (Garrett Zody kick), 11:53, 2nd
Karns—Cartez Campbell 61 pass from Daniel Kitts (Sam Frazier kick), 10:47, 2nd
Clinton—Long 1 run (Zody kick), 2:34, 2nd
Karns—Teahzjawon Harper 2 run (Frazier kick), 8:53, 3rd
Karns—Kitts 1 run (pass failed), 2:39, 3rd
Clinton—Demarea Whitt 4 pass from Luke Harrison (Zody kick), 11:05, 4th
Clinton—J’Quan Thomas 22 pass from Harrison (Thomas pass from Harrison), 5:08, 4th

Team stats

First downs: Clinton 23, Karns 13
Rushes-yards: Clinton 45-264, Karns 31-174
Passing yards: Clinton 227, Karns 229
Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 17-28-1, Karns 13-18-1
Total plays-yards: Clinton 73-491, Karns 49-403
Punts-avg: Clinton 2-34.0, Karns 3-32.3
Return yardage: Clinton 28, Karns 17
Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 1-2, Karns 0-0
Penalties-yards: Clinton 5-45, Karns 0-0
Fumbles-lost: Clinton 2-1, Karns 1-1
Time of possession: Clinton 26:46, Karns 21:14

Time of game: 2 hours, 28 minutes

Individual stats

Rushes – yards

Clinton: Long 25-192 (2 TDs), Ro Hardin 7-33, Thomas 5-24, Harrison 6-15, Whitt 1-6, Team 1-minus 6; Karns: Te. Harper 12-95 (TD), Landon Kelly 15-73, C. Schubert 2-5 (TD), Kitts 2-1 (TD)

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)

Clinton: Harrison 17-28-1 227 (2 TDs); Karns: Kitts 13-18-1 229 (TD)

Receptions – yards

Clinton: Thomas 8-155 (TD), Whitt 7-65 (TD), Long 1-7, R. Hardin 1-0; Karns: Campbell 7-97 (TD), Thomas Harper 4-91, Te. Harper 1-36, Kelly 1-5

Punting – total yards – average

Clinton: Zody 2-68-34.0; Karns: Frazier 3-97-32.3

Kickoff returns – yards

Clinton: none; Karns: Te. Harper 1-17

Punt returns – yards

(none for either team)

Interceptions – yards returned

Clinton: Whitt 1-28; Karns: Dalton Presley 1-0

Fumble recoveries

Clinton: Whitt; Karns: Th. Harper

Fumble caused

Clinton: Whitt

Sacks – yards

Clinton: none; Karns: Cameron Francis 1-2

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 6:30 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. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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