Football team loses to Clay County, TN, 56-6

Posted October 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

The Clinton County Football team moved to 4-5 on the year with Friday night’s loss to Clay County, Tennessee, 56-6.

“They scored 28 in the first half and 28 in the second half,” Head Coach Jamie Miller said. “They are a smaller school … they are single A. They had a couple of good backs and a 6’7” receiver and we didn’t cover him. They hit him multiple times.”

Miller said during the first quarter, the defense held Clay County in the first couple of drives.

“It was 28-0 at halftime and we had put the ball on the ground a few times,” Miller said. “Then they hit us deep and after that first touchdown the wheels just kind of fell off.”

During the second half, Miller said his defense held up and Clay County went three and out.

“After that we went six or seven plays and we put it in the end zone. We just have to learn to overcome adversity. It seems like it’s the story of the season. When that happens it just snowballs on us,” Miller said. “We have to learn to put that behind us and go on and play.”

If the Dawgs win Friday night’s game against Jackson County, Clinton County will have made it to .500 on the year at 5-5. Win or lose, after Friday night, Clinton County has put together a remarkable season, having picked up its first win in three years.

“I think it shows that we can win and we can compete,” Miller said. “We’ve played three overtime games this season, unfortunately we have only won one of those, but we could easily be 6-3. I’ve looked at some other games and I could say we could be 7-2 right now. It shows people in the school and people in the community that we can compete and win the football game. Just the attitude toward the football program, I think this season is helping that.”

Jackson County will come into town Friday night for the final game of the 2013 season for Clinton County.

“Looking at common opponents, it should be a pretty good matchup,” Miller said. “It depends on which teams shows up. If we shows up ready to play, we should do fine. One thing to our advantage is they have a two to three hour bus drive. That usually favors well for us.”

Clinton County’s game will start at 7 p.m. Friday night. Coach Miller invites all players in grades first through eighth grade to come out to the game to be recognized during one of the quarters.

Friday night will also mark the final game for several seniors on this year’s team.

“For some, this will be the last time they put on a uniform, the last time they put on shoulder pads and a helmet and the last time they put a mouth piece in,” Miller said. “You just hope that some of them have the desire to go on and play college football. We have a few who could do that.”