UNION — In a game that saw them briefly take a narrow lead in the second quarter, the Union County High School Yellow Jackets fell to the Clinton Red Devils 35-14.
The game began with Union County deep inside its own territory but the Yellow Jackets gradually pushed their way into Red Devils territory only to have a personal foul put them back to their 46-yard line.
The Red Devils were soon in possession of the ball inside Jackets territory and made the most of it, pushing down the field ending up just shy of the Jackets’ 15-yard line. It was from there that Clinton’s Matthias Williams would run the ball into the end zone giving the Red Devils a 6-0 lead.
The PAT was no good, however, and the ball was soon back in the hand of the Yellow Jackets, who nevertheless were unable to get on the board until the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets then seemed to begin to turn things around when, on a fake punt, they began a drive that ultimately resulted in a 49-yard run by Jordan Spencer into the Red Devils end zone, tying the game at 6-6.
Unlike the Red Devils earlier, the Yellow Jackets PAT was good and Union County edged ahead 7-6.
The Red Devils, however, came back later quarter to cross into the Yellow Jackets end zone and regain the lead at 12-7. Instead of going for a PAT, however, the Red Devils went for and got the two-point conversion, padding their lead to 14-7.
The second half began with the Red Devils in possession of the ball and they made best of it scoring again on a 62-yard touchdown reception by Brad Burton. Again, however, the PAT was no good and the score was 20-7.
Union County came back later in the third quarter when T.J. Foster caught a pass for a touchdown narrowing the gap between the teams. As they did in the first half, the Jackets were successful on the PAT and the score was now 20-14.
It would narrow no further as Clinton again pushed its way into Union County territory to score in the fourth quarter expanding their lead to 26-14. They again went after and got the two-point conversion, doubling their lead over Union County to 28-14.
For a time it appeared Union County might make a comeback when the Jackets pushed back into Red Devils territory and close to the end zone courtesy of two runs by Shi Smith. Even though they got close to the Clinton end zone the Jackets just couldn’t pull it off and the Red Devils were once again in possession of the ball and headed back into Union County territory.
The Red Devils would score again when Matthias Williams ran for 36 yards to increase the lead over the Jackets to 34-14.
This time, the PAT was a success and the score was 35-14, where it would remain for the rest of the game as Clinton held the Jackets at bay and ran down the clock.