Bad moon rising - Devils fall at home
With the Harvest Moon coming up over the Clinton athletic complex, Abbeville did not play moonstruck. The Panthers backed up their claim to the #1 spot in Class 2A, an undefeated record extending back to last season, and a reputation for grind it out football, with a 34-16 win Friday on Clinton's home turf.
Red Devil football head coach Andrew Webb said it was a case again, for Clinton, of beating themselves. "We have the ability, we just need some fortitude," Webb said.
The 16 points were an improvement for Clinton's offense. Zikail Livingston scored a touchdown rushing, and Mark Wise added some really tough yards. Aaron Copeland caught a Charlie Craven TD pass. Donte Reeder and Aaron Copeland made good catches late in the 1st half to get the ball into Abbeville territory, setting up an Elvis Fitz field goal with 4 seconds before halftime. Elvis booted it out of the building from 42 yards out.
Abbeville scored early, then Livingston's touchdown answered that. Abbeville scored again with 10:32 in the 2nd quarter, and Clinton's defensive secondary stopped another scoring attempt - a 4th down pass into the end zone. Clinton fumbled the ball right back. After an interception, Abbeville found pay dirt again with 46 seconds until halftime. The Fitz field goal answered that score. Clinton felt better going into the locker room down 24-10. It was short lived - Abbeville went on a bone-crushing drive to score again with 5:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Copeland's TD reception answered that score with 3:20 left in the 3rd quarter.
Clinton's last drive was stopped on 4th down with 3 minutes left to play, in Abbeville territory. Clinton's 16 points were the most scored on Abbeville in a game this season. The Panthers have pitched a couple of shutouts - and gave up one touchdown on a pic six. Last week, Abbeville struggled to a 7-7 tie with a 3-0 Lincoln County, Georgia, team.
Clinton had scored a touchdown each in its games against Greer and Aiken. The TD against Greer was scored by the defense. So Clinton did roll a little better, before committing a mental error or a penalty then facing "2nd and 13," as Webb described the situations Clinton's offense doesn't want to be in. "We're going to continue to be a 3-7 team, if we can't get over the hump," he said.
Next Friday, Clinton travels to Chesnee, a winner this week over Berea. The Sept. 30 game at Chapman starts region play for the Red Devils.