Dragons tripped up by Pounders, 20-15

The Clinton Dragons’ trip to Hamilton County did not go the way they had envisioned, as they fell to the Chattanooga Central Purple Pounders by the score of 20-15.

Clinton started the game slowly, giving up the game’s first score with 3:21 to play in the first quarter on a 27-yard pass from freshman Ronye Watson to Donovan Smith, that with the extra point, gave the Pounders a 7-0 lead.  The Dragons, however, answered with a scoring drive capped off by a 1-yard Connor Moody touchdown plunge and tied it with the Ryan Bradley extra point.

Michael Watson scored on the ground with 10:09 to play in the second quarter and the Pounders led 14-7 at halftime.

Clinton forced Central (4-1) into a punting situation with just over four minutes to play in the third period, but Smith, who also serves as the Pounder punter, instead took the snap and ran it 79 yards for a touchdown that made it 20-7 after the extra point was no good.

Josh Keith was knocked briefly unconscious on a hit in the third quarter on which no penalty was called, and was replaced by senior Trace Thackerson, who almost led the Dragons all the way back on the road.  Keith was said to be OK after the game and passed the concussion protocol.  With 7:36 to play in the fourth, Thackerson found Andy King, who made a nice catch at the 10-yard line and outran two defenders to the goal line for a touchdown that made it 20-13.  Thackerson ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to make it 20-15 but those proved to be the final points of the contest.  Clinton had a chance to convert a fourth down in Pounder territory, but a desperation scramble by Thackerson came up about a yard short, and Central took over. 

Clinton fell to 3-3 on the season, and head back into Region play Friday when they host Campbell County on Homecoming.

Trace Thackerson went 8-of-12 passing, with 143 yards and a passing touchdown, while Joshuah Keith went 7-of-19 for 128 and an interception before he was injured.  Other Dragon standouts included Andy King, who had three catches for 73 yards and a score, and Rodayvien “Dodi” Truss, who had six catches for 85 yards. 

Clinton was flagged for 17 penalties in the game, costing them 141 yards.*

The Dragons outgained Chattanooga Central, 386-183, and each team turned the ball over twice.

*EDITOR’S NOTE:  Many of the calls, especially the pre-snap penalties, were legitimate, but there were also several questionable calls against Clinton, several of which were 15-yarders, including a face-masking call against a Dragon running back while ON OFFENSE. 

Box score by Dan McWilliams

Clinton                          7-0-0-8—15  

Chattanooga Central    7-7-6-0—20  

Scoring 

Chattanooga Central—Donovan Smith 27 pass from Ronyé Watson (Luis Francisco kick), 3:21, 1st 

Clinton—Connor Moody 1 run (Ryan Bradley kick), 0:15.3, 1st 

Chattanooga Central—Michael Watson 13 run (Francisco kick), 10:09, 2nd 

Chattanooga Central—Smith 79 run (kick failed), 4:04, 3rd 

Clinton—Andy King 30 pass from Trace Thackerson (Thackerson run), 7:36, 4th 

Team stats 

First downs: Clinton 15, Chattanooga Central 9 

Rushes-yards: Clinton 37-115, Chattanooga Central 32-140 

Passing yards: Clinton 271, Chattanooga Central 43 

Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 15-31-1, Chattanooga Central 6-15-0 

Total plays-yards: Clinton 68-386, Chattanooga Central 47-183 

Punts-avg: Clinton 2-29.5, Chattanooga Central 4-28.0 

Return yardage: Clinton 6, Chattanooga Central 102 

Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 2-17, Chattanooga Central 2-21 

Penalties-yards: Clinton 17-141, Chattanooga Central 7-94 

Fumbles-lost: Clinton 2-1, Chattanooga Central 4-2 

Time of possession: Clinton 27:26, Chattanooga Central 20:34 

Time of game (approx.): 2 hours, 46 minutes 

Individual stats  

Rushes – yards  

Clinton: Joshuah Keith 11-50, Moody 7-27 (TD), Thackerson 7-13, Elijah Batiste 6-12, William Taylor 1-6, Chauncey Felts 3-5, Rodayvien Truss 1-5, Team 1-minus 3; Chattanooga Central: M. Watson 12-78 (TD), Smith 2-62 (TD), R. Watson 11-8, Noah Collins 4-7, Team 3-minus 15  

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)  

Clinton: Thackerson 8-12-0 143 (TD), Keith 7-19-1 128; Chattanooga Central: R. Watson 6-14-0 43 (TD), Houston Boykin 0-1-0 0  

Receptions – yards  

Clinton: Truss 6-85, A. King 3-73 (TD), Braylon Taylor 2-41, Jeremiah Blauvelt 2-31, Moody 1-29, Lucas Kendall 1-12; Chattanooga Central: Smith 3-26 (TD), M. Watson 2-9, Collins 1-8  

Punting – total yards – average  

Clinton: Barrett Maddox 2-59-29.5; Chattanooga Central: Smith 4-112-28.0  

Kickoff returns – yards 

Clinton: Batiste 1-8, Erreese King 1-minus 2; Chattanooga Central: Collins 2-16  

Punt returns – yards 

(none for either team) 

Interceptions – yards returned 

Clinton: none; Chattanooga Central: Tristan Odom 1-86 

Fumble recoveries 

Clinton: Jeremiah Lee, Caleb Cook; Chattanooga Central: Brian Pruitt 

Sacks – yards 

Clinton: Moody 1-11, W. Taylor 1-10; Chattanooga Central: Leundre Hinton 1-13, London Martin 1-4 

Missed field goal – yards 

Clinton: Bradley 23 (blocked); Chattanooga Central: none 

Blocked field goal 

Clinton: none; Chattanooga Central: Odom 

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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