Dragons close out season on high note, dominate Beavers, 37-13

The Clinton Dragons may not be headed to the playoffs, but they will head into the offseason on a two-game winning streak after a dominant, 37-13 victory over the Karns Beavers on Senior Night.

Evan Winchester eclipsed to 1000-yard total offense mark for the season on a night where he threw a touchdown pass on a trick play in the first quarter, ran for another touchdown and exploded for an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Dragons held a commanding 321 to 178 advantage in total offense, showing excellenat balance with 167 yards rushing and 154 through the air.

Clinton led 28-7 at halftime, their largest lead of the season, and scored more points in the first half than they had in any single game this season. Friday also marked the first time CHS had scored in the first quarter of any game this season.

Trace Thackerson scored twice on the ground, and Connor Moody caught the Winchester TD pass to cap the game’s opening drive. The defense also recorded a safety and forced two Beaver turnovers.

Box score by Dan McWilliams

Karns       7-  0-6-0—13 

Clinton   13-15-0-9—37    


Clinton—Connor Moody 35 pass from Evan Winchester (run failed), 9:15, 1st

Karns—De’Sean Bishop 7 run (Matthew Brummett kick), 6:18, 1st

Clinton—Trace Thackerson 3 run (Noah Grumbach kick), 3:20, 1st

Clinton—Winchester 12 run (Thackerson run), 6:10, 2nd

Clinton—Winchester 80 punt return (Grumbach kick), 1:54, 2nd

Karns—Bishop 2 run (kick failed), 2:46, 3rd

Clinton—Safety, Brummett tackled in end zone, 8:39, 4th

Clinton—Thackerson 1 run (Grumbach kick), 7:34, 4th 

Team stats 

First downs: Clinton 17, Karns 15

Rushes-yards: Clinton 30-167, Karns 37-143

Passing yards: Clinton 154, Karns 35

Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 7-11-1, Karns 8-17-2

Total plays-yards: Clinton 41-321, Karns 54-178

Punts-avg: Clinton 1-40.0, Karns 1-32.0

Return yardage: Clinton 134, Karns 41

Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 0-0, Karns 0-0

Penalties-yards: Clinton 15-136, Karns 11-69

Fumbles-lost: Clinton 0-0, Karns 4-0

Time of possession: Clinton 22:28, Karns 25:32 

Time of game: 2 hours, 34 minutes

Individual stats 

Rushes – yards…Clinton: Eli DeShomme 4-36, Blake Cooper 7-35, Thackerson 8-35 (2 TDs), Moody 5-29, Edwin Resendiz 2-18, Winchester 2-12 (TD), Josh Graham 2-2; Karns: Bishop 32-160 (2 TDs), Jalen Tucker 3-3, Riley Keegan 1-minus 7, Team 1-minus 13 

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)…Clinton: Thackerson 6-10-1 119, Winchester 1-1-0 35 (TD); Karns: Tucker 6-11-1 24, Keegan 2-6-1 11 

Receptions – yards…Clinton: Moody 3-59 (TD), Resendiz 2-60, Winchester 2-35; Karns: Trey Hawkins 6-40, Austin Samples 1-minus 2, Bishop 1-minus 3 

Punting – total yards – average…Clinton: Bryce Collins 1-40-40.0; Karns: Brummett 1-32-32.0 

Kickoff returns – yards…Clinton: Winchester 1-16, Resendiz 1-8, Andrew Meier 1-6; Karns: Adarrion Patton 1-21, Samples 2-10

Punt returns – yards…Clinton: Winchester 1-80 (TD); Karns: none 

Interceptions – yards returned…Clinton: J. Graham 1-24, Will Briggs 1-0; Karns: Hawkins 1-10 

Fumble recoveries…(none for either team) 

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 6:20 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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