The Clinton Red Devils traveled twice as far to play just as bad. "It's bad football," head coach Andrew Webb says after 14-7 loss at Aiken.
"We didn't play good enough to win. We can't finish. We can't be consistent."
Clinton had the same troubles last week traveling to Greer. This Friday, traveling a grueling hour and a half to get to Aiken, the Devils left their game behind again. "Maybe we need different people. I don't know," Webb said, of the 1-2 Red Devils.
Aiken did not play its game last week because of Storm Hermine. The rested Green Hornets didn't do anything the Red Devil defense couldn't handle. Just like against Greer, it was a 4th quarter touchdown - short run with 5:59 on the game clock - that sealed the win for Aiken. With 7:30 on the game clock, after an Aiken punt and a Clinton fumble compounded by a personal foul, the Green Hornets were in business with the ball at the Clinton 24. The TD run and successful 2-point conversion gave Aiken its margin of victory.
Clinton got a 3rd quarter TD from Aaron Copeland, off an on-the-move pass from Charlie Craven. Elvis Fitz added the PAT. Fitz missed an earlier field goal - one of several near-misses, overthrown passes in the end zone and failed 4th down conversion runs for the frustrated Red Devil offense.
Clinton tries to regroup this week preparing for a home match-up against Abbeville - the pre-season #1 team in the state in Class 2A. Abbeville played Lincoln County, Ga to a 7-7 tie Friday night.