The Red Devils, idle a week earlier after losing to the state’s 2nd-ranked Chapman Panthers, 24-8, finished off drives this time. Woodruff (2-2 overall and in Region 3-3A) also missed the previous week.
Halfway through the first quarter, the Clinton (also 2-2 overall and in region) put together a 13-play, 70-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard Jykorie Gary touchdown.
On the Wolverines’ next drive, in the second quarter, they threatened to answer Clinton’s score by making it to the Clinton 7-yard line. Clinton’s defense stepped up and forced an interception, then punted back to Woodruff, an historic rival.
Woodruff put the ball in the hands of star running back Shamare Dendy, but he fumbled. Clinton capitalized on the takeaway this time and finished off a 10-play, 71-yard drive with a 6-yard Gary touchdown. Gary finished the game with 10 carries for 48 yards and two scores.
Woodruff quarterback Carson Tucker then threw his second interception of the quarter, giving the Clinton defense three straight takeaways. Clinton’s offense again converted a Woodruff mistake into points, taking a 20-0 lead into the half.
Justin Copeland and Danny Belton had the picks.
Head coach Corey Fountain praised both offense and defense for the team’s second-quarter performance.
“You make a goal-line stand like that when you're in the red zone, and we get the momentum swung back our way and our guys just methodically moved the ball down the field,” Fountain said. “We were able to cap off drives tonight. And that's, that's what it's all about. Capping off those drives, defense played good, offense did a good job finishing our drives.”
Woodruff opened the second half with a quick touchdown, but Clinton answered back with a 57-yard Shy Kinard rushing score. Kinard had 17 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Clinton led 26-7 and continued to put together long, effective drives, keeping the ball out of the hands of the Wolverines’ offense.
Woodruff totaled 318 yards of offense, in comparison to Clinton’s 368, but never recovered from a second quarter marred by blunders.
The Red Devils travel to Union (2-2, 1-2) next to face the Union County Yellow Jackets with a possible playoff berth on the line.
C – Gary 1 run (Wyatt McWatters kick) 1:09 1st.
C – Gary 6 run (McWatters kick) 4:35 2nd.
C – Kinard 3 run (kick blocked) 1:46 2nd.
W – Damarian Elmore 1 run (Noah Gaspar kick) 7:47 3rd.
C – Kinard 57 run (run failed) 4:47 3rd.
C – Kimon Quarles 10 run (McWatters kick) 5:04 4th
W – Matthias Dial 6 pass from Carson Tucker (Gaspar kick) 1:20 4th.
Rushing: Clinton (47-282), Kinard 17-150, Gary 10-48, Kimon Quarles 5-37; Woodruff (36-229), Shamare Dendy 27-209, Damarian Elmore 5-17.
Passing: Clinton (6-7-0 86), Davis Wilson 4-5-0 70, Austin Copeland 2-2-0 16; Woodruff, Carson Tucker 14-22-2 89.
Receiving: Clinton, C.J. Young 3-48, Gary 3-38; Woodruff, Mathias Dial 2-36.