One week after blanking Berryville on the road, the Clinton defense pitched another shutout to run its consecutive scoreless streak to 8 quarters, and Yellowjackets avenged last year’s loss to CAC to run the team record to 3-0. Win the 35-0 win, the Yellowjackets completed a perfect non-conference slate with wins against Heber Springs, Berryville, and CAC.
It did not take long for the Yellowjackets to get on board. On the second play from scrimmage, Charlie Sowell took a handoff from Weston Amos and streaked through the interior of the CAC defense for a 61 yard touchdown run. Amos kicked the extra point to give the Yellowjackets a quick 7-0 lead.
CAC’s offense showed some early promise, picking up a couple of first downs and penetrating to the Clinton 24 yard line. But wingback Krishaun Watson was tackled for a seven yard loss by Ty Parker and Sky Davidson to set up a third and long situation. Quarterback Blake Smith looked to pick on cornerback Austin Drake, but Drake was up to the task and broke up consecutive pass attempts to give the ball back to Clinton.
Later in the first quarter, CAC would once again march inside the Clinton 30 yard line, but the Mustangs were unable to move the chains and turned the ball back over to Clinton.
The Yellowjackets, despite the big play on the first drive, struggled to move the ball a majority of the first quarter. But that changed in the second. The Yellowjackets, mixing in pre-snap shifts and some spread, moved the ball methodically down the field behind the running of Amos. Facing 3rd and 9 from the 13 yard line, Ethen Drake took the jet sweep around the right side for a touchdown to extend the lead to 13-0.
Following a three and out from CAC, Amos would once again make a huge play, this time a 40 yard quarterback keeper that set the Yellowjackets up in scoring position. Six plays later, Sky Davidson sprinted around the left side for a 13 yard touchdown run. He then added the two point conversion on a tough run to give Clinton a 21-0 lead. That score would hold going into the locker room at halftime.
CAC came out swinging on offense, riding the tough running of Rhett James. The Mustangs got as close as the Clinton 15 yard line, but a false start penalty forced the Mustangs into a third and long situation. Again the defense came up big, with Austin Drake breaking up a pass attempt on fourth down to end the threat.
Following a Clinton punt, the Mustangs went back to work, and drove deep once again into Yellowjacket territory. This time, Caleb Kirkpatrick stripped Hugh Miller of the football and Ethen Drake recovered the fumble to stop the threat.
The Jackets mustered their best drive of the night on the next possession, marching 72 yards in 15 plays that culminated in a touchdown pass on fourth down from Amos to a wide open Nate Lonnon. That touchdown was set up by a huge pass play on third and long from the Mustang 26. Amos took the snap and rolled left, before reversing direction and scrambling to his right. Just before being taken down for a sack, Amos launched a pass that Charlie Sowell caught at the 11 yard line.
Following the two point conversion run by Sky Davidson, a Mustang receiver fumbled the kickoff return. Derek Russell recovered the fumble, setting the Yellowjackets up in good scoring position once again. Two plays later, John Riley Hinchey went 39 yards untouched into the end zone. The extra point was no good, but the score invoked the AAA sportsmanship rule and the clock ran until the end of the game.
The only question that remained was could the Jackets secure their second straight shutout. The Mustangs gashed the Jacket defense with three consecutive fullback dives. But the Jackets tackled Krishaun Watson in the backfield on first down, and forced an incompletion before Kadance Sowell intercepted Smith’s pass to end the threat.
Leading the way offensively was quarterback Weston Amos, who tallied 79 yards rushing and completed 5 of 10 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Charlie Sowell added 62 yards on 2 carries and a touchdown, while Hinchey finished the game with 52 yards rushing, 9 yards receiving, and a touchdown on the night.
Defensively, Caleb Bowman led the way with 9 tackles. Sky Davidson added 8 stops, while Hinchey recorded a sack. Austin Drake was credited with three pass break-ups in the contest.
The Jackets will put their scoreless streak to the test next week at Jim Tumlinson Field against Greenland, who defeated Gentry in a wild 76-71 win Friday night. Last season, Clinton went on the road and handed the Pirates a 42-0 defeat. Kickoff is set to begin a 7 pm. KHPQ 92.1 will carry the broadcast with Jeff Hall and Mike Hawley making the call.
Captains for the game were seniors Nate Lonnon, Dylan Hayford, Clint Bagley, and Charlie Sowell
The Yellowjacket offense has converted 13 redzone attempts into 12 touchdowns, including 10 consecutive conversions. On the defensive side, the Yellowjackets have allowed only 10 points in 7 redzone attempts
The defense recorded three takeaways (2 fumble recoveries and an interception) to run its total to 9 on the season. The Yellowjacket offense has committed only three turnovers through the first three games
John Riley Hinchey’s touchdown in the fourth quarter was his first varsity touchdown
Kadance Sowell recorded his first career interception. His older brother Charlie has recorded three picks this season
How the 3A-1 Fared:
Clinton 3-0, Defeated CAC 35-0
Greenland 3-0, Defeated Gentry 76-71
Melbourne 3-0, Defeated Salem 36-21
Elkins 2-1, Defeated Huntsville 38-33
Green Forest 1-2, Defeated Berryville 26-22
Marshall 0-3, Lost to Quitman 34-28
Mt. View 0-3, Lost to Earle 66-0
Yellville-Summit 0-3, Lost to Atkins 45-23