The weather was perfect for football this past Friday night as your Clinton Yellow Jackets played their first conference game at home against the Trojans of Marianna.

The Trojans were big and athletic but just didn’t have the ticket to ride the ride. The Jackets offense started up early and never let up.

Running back Mason Speer could not be stopped with 45 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Fielder Dufrene connected with wide receiver Wyatt Fletcher on three occasions for 32 yards and 1 touchdown.

There were several Jackets that found themselves in the end zone Friday night including Colton Cook, Stephan Sappington, Robby Slack, Bryce Hoyle and Rex Fletcher.

Let’s give credit to the Jacket offensive line for doing a great job opening up running lanes. I’m sure it puts a smile on the faces of the Jackets running backs when they have the 6-foot-3, 320 pound “Mohican Monster” Malcom Cambron blazing them a trail.

With a combined 47 yards rushing was Nathan Teague, Drew Farmer, Caden Hickman, Casey Stacks, Hunter Blanton and Jacob Cleveland.

Let me also make mention of one of the games sometimes overlooked heroes, the kicker. The Jackets have a great weapon in Jackson Benson who split the uprights 8 times last Friday night.

The Jackets defense was on fire not allowing the Trojans to get past the 30 yard line in the first half. The backfield was well covered with 3 interceptions by Greyson Bryant, Blake Ludwig and Cody Webster.

The Jackets defensive line dominated all night only letting the Trojans get past mid-field twice. Just about every member of the defense made some contributions to this shut out. When the fat lady sang it was Clinton 62 and Marianna 0.

Coach Chris Dufrene and his band of Mercenaries will be back in action on Friday, Sept 28, at 7 p.m. against Southside Batesville. This will be the Jackets’ second conference game of the season. Go Jackets!

•••

Next up: Batesville

Your Clinton Yellow Jackets take on the Batesville Southside Southerners in an away game this Friday.

Hooten’s magazine picks Clinton, now ranked No. 22, to beat the Southerners, ranked No. 31. In the past four years, Clinton has clobbered Southside Batesville by an average of 27 points. Though improved, Batesville lost last week to top-ranked Stuttgart.