Bobcats give up 28 second quarter points in 34-0 home loss
BERRYVILLE — It was a different year, but an identical result when Clinton defeated the Berryville Bobcats 34-0 on Friday night at Ronnie Clark Field. The Yellowjackets won by the same score on their home field in 2016.
"People that weren't there look at the score and think it's a blowout," Berryville coach Doug Shott said. "You take the second quarter away and it's a pretty tight ballgame."
Clinton had the ball at the Bobcat 29 to begin the second quarter. Four plays later, running back Sky Davidson scored a touchdown from nine yards out. The Yellowjackets were successful on the two-point conversion. Clinton then recovered an onside kick at midfield. After Weston Amos completed a 26-yard pass to John Hinchey, a 14-yard touchdown run by Ethen Drake made it 14-0. The Clinton two-point conversion attempt failed.
The Yellowjackets attempted another onside kick, but Berryville's Brady Smith recovered at the Bobcat 34. Berryville was forced to punt, however. After a bad snap, Clinton took over at the Berryville 25. Four plays later, Amos threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Drake. The extra point gave Clinton a 21-0 lead with 5:09 remaining in the second quarter.
After a Berryville turnover, Clinton took over at its own 46. Amos threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Charleston Sowell with 1:24 remaining in the half and the Yellowjackets took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
"We just lost our composure for an eight- or 10-minute spread," Shott said. "We had to go into halftime, get regrouped and I feel like our kids did. They came back out and played tough."
Berryville received the ball to start the second half. Runs by Isaac Brown and Christian Lemus led to first downs for the Bobcats, but they were forced to punt. Berryville forced the Yellowjackets into a three-and-out. Charlie Archer ran for seven yards on a third down and Luke Britt converted on a fourth and one, but the drive resulted in a Berryville turnover. Clinton went on to take a 34-0 lead with 9:11 remaining in the game.
"We have to learn to make better decisions under pressure, but we will be fine," Shott said.
Heading into the Carroll County Super Bowl, Shott's first as a Berryville coach, he hopes to see that kind of effort.
"I know this is a big game," Shott said. "I know coach (Bobby) Bishop is a quality coach. I'm sure he is telling his kids the same thing. It doesn't matter who has more talent or who is playing better. When it comes rivalry week, you throw that out the window."