Greer wins 21-7
Clinton football’s “working on us first” attitude will continue at least one more week, as head coach Andrew Webb said an “extremely pathetic” offense added little to the Red Devils 21-7 Friday night loss to Greer.
Clinton couldn’t run the ball, so going to a passing game Charlie Craven engineered 56 yards receiving by Jalen Carter and 52 yards receiving by Donte Reeder. The Greer defensive line dominated, giving Craven little time to work most of the night and surrendering 8 yards to Koko Richey as Clinton’s leading runner.
Greer’s Quay White ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Alex Syphertt gained 112 yards on 6 catches and one touchdown – the 4th quarter score that put the game out of the Red Devils reach.
“They are not better than us,” Webb said. “We have to get way better on offense.”
The defense played well, and the punting game was a bright spot, Webb said. Twon Robertson scored Clinton’s only touchdown, on defense with a 5-yard interception return for a score. A long Carter catch and run-after-catch for a touchdown was called back because an official ruled a block in the back occurred trailing the play.
Three penalties by Clinton assisted Greer’s first two scores. Craven was called for a rare offensive face mask penalty when he stiff armed a Greer defender. There was a late hit of bounds and a personal foul call, and by 5:37 left to play in the 1st quarter, the 1-2 Yellow Jackets had a 14-0 lead.
Clinton slips to 1-1 with the loss.
For Greer, White scored on runs of 9 and 2 yards giving the Yellow Jackets the quick lead. The game slowed down into a defensive struggle, before Robertson surprised Greer QB Trey Houston trying to throw a short pass in the shadow of his own end zone. The ball fell to Robertson, and the Red Devil took it in, after Clinton had threatened when Carter’s TD was called back and punted to back up Greer deep in its own territory.
Clinton also recovered a fumble at the Greer goal line to stop another Yellow Jacket score. A personal foul call on Greer moved the ball out from the goal line, but the Red Devils couldn’t get the momentum going their way. Trailing 21-7 with 30 seconds left to play, Clinton’s final shot for a pass to the end zone was intercepted.
Craven wound up passing 12-for-30 for 133 yards. Houston went 11-for-20 for 166 yards for Greer.