The Clinton County Bulldogs Football team finished its season Friday against Jackson County with a packed house and several seniors putting on their gear for the last time.
The end of the season marks a new era for Clinton County Football, having won four games this season, tying the record for most wins in a season since it the sport was re-introduced in the mid-2000s.
Head Coach Jamie Miller isn’t worried about the record. He is thankful his team is learning what it’s like to win, but he also feels they have a long way to go.
“We started off really well. Took the opening drive down and scored, held them three and out and went back down and scored again and we were up 14-0,” Miller said. “It was 14-14 at halftime and then we come out in the third quarter and got up 22-14.”
Jackson County then scored in the third quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to only two points. After Jackson cut the lead to two, they scored again to take the lead, 28-22.
“We get down to first and goal at the five yard line and took it to the one and couldn’t get in,” Miller said. “That score could have tied or won the game with three minutes remaining. Momentum swings, a lot of times, determine the outcome of the game. I would have liked for our seniors to go out with a win.”
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 4-6 record with Friday night’s 28-22 loss to Jackson County.
“There were several games throughout the season that we should have won,” Miller said. “It’s not so much what our opponent is doing to us, it’s what we are not doing. Our guys are still trying to learn how to win and overcome adversity and we preach that to them all the time. You have to overcome adversity … not just in football, but in life and everything.”
Miller said he is glad his team was more competitive this season and not taking a beating all year long.
“We have been in games this season,” Miller said. “We are competing. It’s not something that happens overnight. They understand what it takes to get to that point and we are going to have to start preaching it everyday in the offseason. We are going to have to get stronger in the offseason. We need to enforce the weight room and get bigger, stronger and faster across the board.”
Miller said the offseason will mostly consist of working his team in the weight room in January in order to be ready for spring and summer seasons.
Noah Cummings made a tackle on a Jackson County player Friday night. Clinton County lost, 28-22.
Josh Shelton ran the ball during Clinton County’s final game of the season Friday night against Jackson County.
The Bulldogs lost the contest, 28-22 and moved to 4-6 on the season.