Dragons take care of business, roll Chiefs

The Clinton Dragons handled their business Friday night, cruising past visiting Cherokee, 54-12, in front of a packed house at Dragon Stadium.

Clinton came into the game still smarting from their loss at Oak Ridge the previous week, but if there were any lingering effects from that defeat, the Dragons got over them quickly, scoring on the game’s opening possession and never looking back.

Two minutes into the game, CHS (3-1) capped off it’s game-opening drive with a 16-yard pass to Wesley Phillips from Josh Keith, the first of five scoring strikes by the Dragons’ signal-caller on the night. Clinton’s defense forced a punt on the ensuing possession, and Jeremiah Lee returned the offering 62 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead after the extra point attempt went awry. The first quarter scoring was capped by Keith’s second touchdown toss of the night, a 41-yarder to Lucas Kendall that, with the extra point, made it 20-0 after one quarter.

Cherokee got on the board with a Joe Henley one-yard touchdown run 42 seconds into the second quarter, but missed the extra point.

Later in the second quarter, Jawan Goins scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns, from 15 yards out, to put CHS up 26-6, but the Chiefs (0-4) scored on a 31-yard pass from Landon Jeffers to Hunter Larmer with 1:05 remaining and the score at intermission was 26-12.

Cherokee would not score in the second half, but the Dragons poured it on, with Goins exploding for a 46-yard touchdown early in the third, a period that also saw Lee catch a touchdown pass from Keith and Braylon Taylor score on an 11-yard pass from Keith.

Keith capped off his night by tossing a 20-yard touchdown to D’Mon Marable with 4:55 to play in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

  • Clinton outgained the Chiefs 496 to 125 in total offense, which included negative-31 yards rushing.
  • CHS was balanced (249 rushing, 247 passing).
  • Keith finished completing 14 of his 20 passes for 247 yards, the five TDs and no interceptions.
  • Goins gained 150 yards rushing on just six carries, an average of 25 yards per rushing attempt.
  • Eight different receivers caught passes from Keith.

Box score by Dan McWilliams

Cherokee 0-12-0-0—12

Clinton 20-6-21-7—54

Scoring 

Clinton—Wesley Phillips 16 pass from Joshuah Keith (Jacob Prewitt kick), 10:00, 1st 

Clinton—Jeremiah Lee 62 punt return (kick failed), 7:28, 1st 

Clinton—Lucas Kendall 41 pass from Keith (Prewitt kick), 4:13, 1st 

Cherokee—Joe Henley 1 run (kick failed), 11:18, 2nd 

Clinton—Jawan Goins 15 run (kick failed), 3:35, 2nd 

Cherokee—Hunter Larmer 31 pass from Landon Jeffers (kick blocked), 1:05, 2nd 

Clinton—Goins 46 run (Prewitt kick), 9:49, 3rd 

Clinton—Lee 12 pass from Keith (Prewitt kick), 6:59, 3rd 

Clinton—Braylon Taylor 11 pass from Keith (Prewitt kick), 3:06, 3rd 

Clinton—D’mon Marable 20 pass from Keith (Prewitt kick), 4:55, 4th 

Team stats 

First downs: Clinton 19, Cherokee 10 

Rushes-yards: Clinton 16-249, Cherokee 19-minus 31 

Passing yards: Clinton 247, Cherokee 156 

Comp.-Att.-Int: Clinton 14-21-0, Cherokee 19-30-1 

Total plays-yards: Clinton 37-496, Cherokee 49-125 

Punts-avg: Clinton 1-33.0, Cherokee 6-23.8 

Return yardage: Clinton 130, Cherokee 52 

Sacked-yards lost: Clinton 1-1, Cherokee 3-20 

Penalties-yards: Clinton 12-157, Cherokee 6-55 

Fumbles-lost: Clinton 2-1, Cherokee 5-1 

Time of possession: Clinton 16:08, Cherokee 31:52 

Time of game: 2 hours, 38 minutes 

Individual stats

Rushes – yards…Clinton: Goins 6-150 (2 TDs), Keith 6-77, Chauncey Felts 2-29, Erreese King 1-7, Team 1-minus 14; Cherokee: Nick Matroni 2-15, Henley 1-1 (TD), Tyler Wolfe 1-minus 1, Noah Parvin 8-minus 10, Team 3-minus 16, Jeffers 4-minus 20

Passing (Completions-Attempts-Interceptions – yards)…Clinton: Keith 14-20-0 247 (5 TDs), Team 0-1-0 0; Cherokee: Jeffers 19-30-1 156 (TD)

Receptions – yards…Clinton: Kendall 4-100 (TD), B. Taylor 3-44 (TD), Marable 2-45 (TD), Teegan Bolinger 1-21, Phillips 1-16 (TD), Lee 1-12 (TD), King 1-5, Jaquan Benton 1-4; Cherokee: Elisha Tipton 9-49, Henley 5-39, Larmer 2-45 (TD), Aidan Wood 2-19, Matroni 1-4

Punting – total yards – average…Clinton: Blane Collins 1-33-33.0; Cherokee: George Horlander 6-143-23.8

Kickoff returns – yards…Clinton: Goins 2-29, Lee 1-11; Cherokee: Tipton 4-32, Henley 1-19, Larmer 1-7, Team 1-minus 6

Punt returns – yards…Clinton: Lee 3-85 (TD); Cherokee: none

Interceptions – yards returned…Clinton: Derek Bean 1-5; Cherokee: none 

Fumble recoveries…Clinton: Marable; Cherokee: Tipton

Fumble returns – yards…Clinton: Marable 1-2; Cherokee: none

Sacks – yards…Clinton: Brandon Hollifield 2-16, Elijah Batiste 1-4; Cherokee: Wood 1-1 

Blocked extra point…Clinton: Gage Wergin; Cherokee: none 

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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