Chesnee gets back on winning track, Clinton seeks to get offense untracked
SEE BELOW: Andrew Webb breaks down the Chesnee game scouting report with Voice of the Red Devils Buddy Bridges - Episode 5 of the coach's show. Two teams heading in opposite directions will take the field Friday, as the Clinton Red Devils take another hour-long road trip heading to Chesnee.
Chesnee broke a two-game losing streak Friday with a 35-13 win over Berea. Clinton’s losing streak hit three games with a 34-16 home loss to Abbeville.
This is the final non-region game for Clinton, before the Sept. 30 trip to region opponent Chapman. Clinton defeated cross-county rival Laurens in Week One, then lost to Greer, Aiken and Abbeville, No. 1 in Class 2A.
Red Devil football head coach Andrew Webb saw positives in the team’s performance against Abbeville. The offense played better, but there too many penalties and mental mistakes, Webb said.
Chesnee was led in its third win of the season by Isaiah Morris. The senior running back, playing both ways, scored on a 93-yard pass interception, and reached pay dirt on runs of 75 and 51 yards. Morris is joined in the backfield by senior Kaleb Taylor, and senior quarterback Dylan Donahoo is a three-year starter.
Other players to watch, according to Friday Night Football Carolinas, are senior tackle Corey Fowler (6’ 2”, 285 lbs) and senior linebacker Austin Page (6’ 1”, 205 lbs).
Chesnee had a 10-win season in 2014, falling to four wins in 2015. This is Clinton’s second consecutive game against a 2A opponent.
Against Abbeville, for the second straight game, Clinton’s offensive connection of Charlie Craven throwing to Aaron Copeland worked for a touchdown. Elvis Fitz got a chance to wow the crowd with a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half.
Zikail Livingston ran in Clinton’s first touchdown, and Mark Wise entered the offensive backfield in the third quarter to give the Red Devils some tough running against Abbeville’s powerful defense.
But, the Clinton defense is staying on the field too long, as the offense struggles to maintain an offensive rhythm. “We just have to keep working,” Webb said. “There were a lot of positives, but too many penalties and turnovers.”
One of Clinton’s upcoming opponents got their biggest win in years playing Friday night. Class 3A Broome upended 5A Byrnes, 34-28, sending the Rebels to 1-4 this season after finishing 12-2 last season.
Broome’s D’Marco Jackson ran 28 times for 173 yards for Broome. The Centurions scored the go-ahead TD with about a minute and a half left in the game and made a goal line stand on an incomplete pass in the final seconds.
Broome (4-1) will play at Clinton Oct. 20 in region action.
Directions to Chesnee, 795 S Alabama Dr.: From Clinton High School, take Hwy 72 east to I-26, go west toward Spartanburg, connect with I-85 N toward Charlotte (bypassing Spartanburg to the north). Continue on I-85 to Hwy 221 N (Exit 78 - Chesnee-Spartanburg). Continue on Hwy 221 North, school is on the left. Destination is 53.6 miles, about 52 minutes.