Clinton County provided good coverage on this play Friday night against Metcalfe County. The Bulldogs made a small run the second quarter and cut the lead to seven, 13-6, but Metcalfe County continued to find the end zone as the Hornets won the game, 45-14. Clinton County will host Glasgow on Friday night. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.
Clinton County’s quarterback, Tristan Lehman, ran the ball during the second quarter on a touchdown drive for Clinton County’s first points of the game. The Bulldogs fell to 0-6 on the year after the loss to Metcalfe County Friday night, 45-14.
The Clinton County Bulldogs lost Friday night in its first district game of the season to Metcalfe County, 45-14.
The Bulldogs kept the game close in the first half and actually scored a touchdown in the second quarter to cut the lead to six points, 13-6.
During the next possession, Clinton County recovered a fumble on the 25 yard line and was unable to capitalize on the turnover by the Hornets.
“We have to put four quarters together,” Head Coach Jamie Miller said. “We played well in the first half. We had a chance to go up 14-13, or tie it up … or be down by one, 13-12. That’s a whole different ball game. You never know what’s going to happen with our guys or their guys.”
Clinton County went into the locker room at halftime, down by 20 points, 26-6.
“I told my guys at halftime that we are still in the ball game,” Miller said. “We came out in the third quarter flat. They came out and put it on us in the second half.”
During past seasons, Miller said his team had been plagued with turnovers. This season, he said his team is getting better at holding on to the football.
“Turnovers are minimal,” Miller said. “Our goal is to obviously have zero turnovers per game. We usually have one or two. Last year I think we averaged about five per game. This year, the most we’ve had is three. That’s come way down. Tristan (Lehman) is finally seeing the passing game. I think that will be to our benefit in the stretch of the season. We still have to be able to execute.”
This Friday night, Clinton County will host district rival Glasgow with kick off at 7 p.m.
“They’ve lost their last two games. I think Monroe County and Somerset beat them and both of them are pretty strong opponents,” Miller said. “They are still going to be a very tough opponent for us and we are still not in their league yet, but we are going to go out and play the best we can. In order for us to win, we have to have a whole lot of things go right for us and a whole lot of things go wrong for them. If we go out and play with the desire and heart we need, then we will have some good things come out of this.”
Miller said last season, Glasgow’s first four plays against the Bulldogs were touchdowns.
“They were phenomenal last year,” Miller said. “They have lost a few key guys … they are still going to be strong.”
Clinton County’s next game will be the third of four straight home games this season and Clinton County will wrap up its home season on October 7 against Middlestown, Ohio.
Miller said its good to have the home games when the weather isn’t too cold, so it gives people a chance to come to the games and enjoy their Friday nights.
“It’s nicer to have your more pleasant weather for home games,” Miller said. “Having six home games is huge this year, not only for the program, but it’s been good for the kids to not have to travel. They can get home at a decent hour on Friday night and take care of their bangs and bruises.”