By DOUG DONNELLY
OTTAWA LAKE – Matthew Sexton picked up more than 200 yards of offense and scored three touchdowns Friday as Clinton rolled to a 54-30 win over the Whiteford Bobcats.
The 3-0 Redskins have now won 15 consecutive TCC games.
“I am really impressed with our football team, to get out of there, coming off a bye week, with a win,” Clinton coach Scott McNitt said. “Whiteford is a good football team that is going to win a lot of football games this year.”
Clinton put up 29 points in the third quarter alone in a game that it actually trailed, 22-21 with 5:54 left in the third quarter.
That’s when a flurry of Redskin touchdowns broke the game open. After a Whiteford turnover, Ryan Karapas found Jared Sackett on a 46-yard touchdown pass. Less than a minute, following another turnover, Matthew Sexton caught a 48-yard TD pass from Karapas. Then, with less than a minute left in the quarter, Collin Poore rambled 57 yards for a score.
The three scores in less than four minutes proved too much for the Bobcats, who fell for the 11th consecutive time to the Redskins, dating back to the first meeting between the two schools in 1972.
Clinton’s rushing attack totaled 334 yards on just 30 carries.
Collin Poore ran for 163 yards on 12 carries, an average of 13.6 a carry. Sexton was even better, averaging 15.5 yards with his 124 rushing stripes. Noah Poore averaged 13.5 yards a tote on his two carrries.
Sexton also went over 100 yards in receiving.
Whiteford gained 303 yards of offense in the loss and had a 100-yard rusher in Cody Kiefer. However, Clinton’s defense did have its moments – creating four Bobcat turnovers.
“We scored on our first possession to start the second half and then got a key turnover,” McNitt said. “That flipped the game to our favor. I think it took them out of their game a little bit. They couldn’t just grind and run. Our defense hung in there.”
Noah Poore had two interceptions – one off a Sackett tip – and Karapas one pick. Sexton was in on 12 tackles – including seven solo stops. David Chantelois had 12 tackles and Kenneth DeShano 10 for the Redskins. Two of DeShano’s tackles were for a loss.
Clinton will host Madison next week while Whiteford will play Britton-Deerfield.