Yellowjackets score 42 consecutive points to put away Conway Christian
The Clinton Yellowjackets (2-0) reeled off 6 unanswered touchdowns over two and a half quarters to knock out Conway Christian (1-2) on a rainy and humid night courtesy of former tropical storm Gordon. John Riley Hinchey (Jr.) and Logan Moudy (So.) both ran for a pair of touchdowns in the romp, while Ryley McDonald (Sr.) and Blaine Emberton (So.) picked off passes for a Yellowjacket defense that contained a high powered passing offense for most of the night.
Clinton won the toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. Conway Christian did not take long to score, as quarterback Jacob Wood rolled to his left on a run-pass option and lofted a perfect pass to Jesse Dather for a 61 yard gain. Two plays later, Wood would find the end zone on a quarterback keeper to make the score 7-0.
The Yellowjackets seemed unfazed however, as they marched down the field in chunks. Weston Amos, Ethen Drake, and John Riley Hinchey each had long runs to key the offense. Hinchey capped the drive off as he went untouched into the end zone from 5 yards out. Matt Gonzalez kicked the extra point to tie the score at 7.
Clinton’s defense then took over the game. On the Eagles’ next possession, Ryley McDonald intercepted Wood’s pass and returned it near midfield. Two plays later, Hinchey would score his second touchdown of the night, rumbling up the middle for 54 yards to make the score 14-7.
The Yellowjackets held the Eagles on fourth down around midfield on the next series as Derek Russell broke up a pass from Wood to Wyatt Lawrence. After a series of miscues on the snap due to a slick ball, the Yellowjackets faced 4th and 21 from the Eagle 31 yard line. Weston Amos rolled right and fired a pass to a double covered Austin Drake, who tipped it to himself and then sprinted to the end zone for the touchdown. Gonzalez tacked on the extra point to make it 21-7.
Senior Sky Davidson thwarted the next Eagle drive almost before it began, sacking Wood from the blindside and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Wyatt Lawrence, albeit 19 yards behind the line of scrimmage. That set up an electric punt return by Ethen Drake, who fielded a Bennett Ellis punt around midfield and raced his way down to the Eagle 8 yard line. One play later, he finished the drive with an 8 yard touchdown run. Gonzalez missed the extra point, but Clinton held all the momentum and a 27-7 lead.
Another series of Eagle miscues forced a punt, and the Yellowjackets drove right down the field with big runs by Amos and Russell. Sky Davidson finished the drive with a 38 yard touchdown run, and added the two point conversion to give Clinton the lead 35-7 going into halftime.
The Yellowjackets scored on their first possession of the second half as Weston Amos put Eagle defenders on skates with a shifty 38 yard touchdown run, invoking the Sportsmanship Rule.
Conway Christian was able to get a pair of touchdowns late in the game on passes from Wood to Jesse Dather and Nick Scherry. However, the Eagles could not stop the Yellowjackets, even with some sophomores seeing their first significant varsity action.
Logan Moudy, Travis Williams, and Blaine Emberton each recorded multiple carries in the second half, with Moudy scoring touchdowns from 23 and 21 yards out. Emberton also picked off a Jacob Wood pass to end the Eagles’ final drive of the game.
With the wet conditions, Clinton used their powerful run game to roll up 429 yards on the ground, keyed by Sky Davidson (115 yards) and John Riley Hinchey (86 yards, 2 touchdowns). Weston Amos added 81 yards on the ground, passed for 30 yards on 3 completions (6 attempts), and scored two touchdowns (1 passing, 1 rushing). Austin Drake caught 3 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Sky Davidson had 5 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, while Kadance Sowell recorded 5 tackles and a pass breakup. Austin Drake and Derek Russell added pass breakups, while Cort Bagley and Reuben Dawson combined for a sack.
Conway Christian’s Jacob Wood passed for two touchdowns and 154 yards on 9 of 20 passing, and also rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
The Jackets travel to North Little Rock Friday to face Central Arkansas Christian, which will be the first of 3 consecutive road games. Kickoff is set for 7 pm, and all the action can be heard on KHPQ 92.1 with Jeff Hall and Mike Hawley.
Game Notes: Captains for the game were Derek Russell, JoJo Jones, Ryley McDonald, and Nathan Ross…Ryley McDonald and Blaine Emberton each recorded their first varsity interceptions… Logan Moudy scored his first two varsity touchdowns in the second half… Sky Davidson set a career high for rushing yards with 115… Weston Amos touchdown pass to Austin Drake was his 5th of the season, while Drake hauled in his 4th touchdown reception… The Jackets have won 14 of their last 15 games, and 22 of their last 26… Eagle Quarterback Jacob Wood is the grandson of the late Joe Lee… Spotted on the visiting sideline was Billy Don Crow, principal of Conway Christian High School, was a 1998 Clinton graduate and son of the late Don Crow...
3A-2 Scores and Standings
Team Overall Record
Harding Academy 1-1
Cedar Ridge 0-2
Mountain View 0-2
Clinton 55, Conway Christian 21
Bald Knob 21, Harding Academy 19
Harrisburg 35, Cedar Ridge 0
Mayflower 53, Marshall 8
Salem 52, Yellville-Summit 6
Melbourne and Cave City Postponed to next week