Dragons bounce back, pound Pounders, 51-21

Friday night, the Clinton Dragons got back on track and avoided a hangover from last week’s disappointing loss to Powell by blowing out the Chattanooga Central Purple Pounders, 51-21.

Josh Keith threw four touchdown passes—three to Lucas Kendall—and the Dragon defense stymied the Pounders as Clinton improved to 4-2 on the season. The Dragons dominated the first half, leading 24-0 at halftime after four first-half touchdowns. Clinton took the opening kickoff and drove down the field for the game’s first score, a 10-yard run by Brandon Hollifield, and led 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion—the first of four such attempts in the first half, but more on that later.

Less than two minutes later, following a fumble recovery, Keith hit Kendall for the first time from 44 yards out to give CHS a 12-0 lead. The Dragons added to their advantage in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Keith and a 20-yard Keith-to-Kendall connection to extend the lead to 24-0 at intermission.

Clinton struck first coming out of the locker room on a 5-yard pass from Keith to Kendall that, with the successful extra point kick by Jeremiah Lee–filling in for the injured Jacob Prewitt–gave the Dragons a 31-0 lead. Lee also handled kickoff chores for CHS and ended up going 3-of-4 on extra point tries, in addition to his usual return duties.

The Pounders scored a couple of touchdowns in the third quarter, halting the running second-half clock, on a 5-yard Ronyé Watson run and a 66-yard pass from Watson to Tristan Odom to make it 31-14 after three quarters.

In the fourth, Clinton got a touchdown from Lee, who caught an 11-yard touchdown pass, as well as a 10-yard Jawan Goins scamper and a 3-yard Teegan Bolinger fumble recovery scoop and score, while Chattanooga Central (3-3) added a second touchdown run, this one from 7 yards out.

Game Notes

  • Josh Keith was 23-of-32 for 258 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
  • Lucas Kendall had 4 receptions for 119 yards and 3 TDs
  • Clinton outgained the Pounders, 384 to 289, including a 137-99 edge in rushing
  • Each team was penalized 14 times, with Clinton’s penalty yardage coming out to 127 yards, while Chattanooga Central’s totaled 102.

Box score by Dan McWilliams

Chattanooga Central       0-  0-14-  7—21 

Clinton                           12-12- 7-20—51  

Scoring 

Clinton—Brandon Hollifield 10 run (run failed), 9:02, 1st 

Clinton—Lucas Kendall 44 pass from Joshuah Keith (run failed), 7:20, 1st 

Clinton—Keith 7 run (run failed), 9:50, 2nd 

Clinton—Kendall 20 pass from Keith (run failed), 4:28, 2nd 

Clinton—Kendall 5 pass from Keith (Jeremiah Lee kick), 8:11, 3rd 

Chattanooga Central—Ronyé Watson 5 run (Marquis Parson kick), 4:38, 3rd 

Chattanooga Central—Tristan Odom 66 pass from Watson (Parson kick), 2:49, 3rd 

Clinton—Lee 11 pass from Keith (Lee kick), 8:27, 4th 

Chattanooga Central—Watson 7 run (Parson kick), 5:30, 4th 

Clinton—Jawan Goins 10 run (Lee kick), 4:02, 4th 

Clinton—Teegan Bolinger 3 fumble return (kick failed), 3:48, 4th 

Team stats 

First downs: Clinton 15, Chattanooga Central 10 

Rushes-yards: Clinton 22-126, Chattanooga Central 34-99 

Passing yards: Clinton 247, Chattanooga Central 190 

Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 23-32-0, Chattanooga Central 8-25-0 

Total plays-yards: Clinton 54-384, Chattanooga Central 59-289 

Punts-avg: Clinton 4-27.0, Chattanooga Central 2-33.0 

Return yardage: Clinton 43, Chattanooga Central 100 

Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 0-0, Chattanooga Central 0-0 

Penalties-yards: Clinton 14-127, Chattanooga Central 14-102 

Fumbles-lost: Clinton 0-0, Chattanooga Central 4-2 

Time of possession: Clinton 25:43, Chattanooga Central 22:17 

Time of game: 2 hours, 46 minutes 

Individual stats 

Rushes – yards …Clinton: Goins 11-74 (TD), Hollifield 5-35 (TD), Keith 3-20 (TD), Erreese King 3-minus 3; Chattanooga Central: Watson 11-67 (2 TDs), Perry Armour Jr. 8-44, Chris Nichols 5-22, Marquise High 7-5, Caden Jones 1-3, Team 2-minus 42 

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)…Clinton: Keith 23-32-0 258 (4 TDs); Chattanooga Central: Watson 8-22-0 190 (TD), Jones 0-3-0 0 

Receptions – yards …Clinton: Lee 8-38 (TD), Kendall 4-119 (3 TDs), Braylon Taylor 4-21, Jaquan Benton 2-34, D’mon Marable 2-19, Bolinger 1-18, Wesley Phillips 1-6, Goins 1-3; Chattanooga Central: Larry Henderson 4-92, Odom 3-91 (TD), Carter Daniel 1-7 

Punting – total yards – average…Clinton: Blane Collins 4-108-27.0; Chattanooga Central: Kade Weaver 2-66-33.0

Kickoff returns – yards…Clinton: Travis Jackson 2-31, Lee 1-9; Chattanooga Central: Kyree Steward 4-51, Watson 2-19, Daniel 1-13, Odom 1-12

Punt returns – yards…Clinton: none; Chattanooga Central: Moses Duckett 1-5

Interceptions – yards returned…(none for either team)

Fumble recoveries…Clinton: Elijah Batiste, Bolinger; Chattanooga Central: none 

Fumble returns – yards…Clinton: Bolinger 1-3 (TD); Chattanooga Central: 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. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, and cats Oliver, Bow and Libby.

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