Union County suffered a 38-35 road loss to Clinton on Friday night despite the efforts of defensive back Jordan Spencer and wide receiver Victor Ruth.
On the defensive side of the ball, Spencer was a nightmare for Clinton, stopping 15 drives with 12 tackles, one tackle for loss, two caused fumbles and snagging an interception.
“Jordan played really well,” said Union County Head Coach Steve Taneyhill. “Those fumbles he caused enabled us to get back in the game.”
The Jackets were down 31-12 in the fourth quarter when Spencer stripped the ball from the Clinton running back and teammate Braylon Brown recovered on the 42-yard line. The defensive stand set up a 13-yard touchdown pass to Ruth with 9:13 remaining.
Union County struck again with just under three minutes on the clock and Spencer forced another fumble to give the Jackets one last chance at a comeback.
Ruth reeled in a 20-yard catch to put the Jackets on the Clinton 25-yard line with .30 but the Red Devils defense kept Union County out of the end zone on its final drive.
Ruth contributed seven catches for 120 yards with two touchdowns.
“Victor had another good night,” said Taneyhill. “I think it’s his third 100-yard game in a row.”
Both Ruth and Spencer have played key roles for Union County throughout the season and are expected to deliver peak performances again this week when Chapman comes to town.
Your Union Daily Times Yellow Jackets of the Week are Jordan Spencer and Victor Ruth.
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