Clinton’s offense rose to the challenge Friday night as the Redskins came from behind to beat the defending Division 6 state champion Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central in the final minutes of the game.
Here is how Monroe Evening News sports editor Niles Kruger described the game-winning drive by Clinton:
But the Falcons could not stop Sexton on Clinton’s final drive of the night.
The Redskins got the ball with 7:35 left on their own 7-yard line.
They were 93 yards from a go-ahead touchdown, but it seemed like 93 miles. Up to that point, Clinton had managed a total of just 27 yards in the second half.
But Sexton decided he wasn’t going to let Clinton’s season end. He personally accounted for 100 yards — making up for some yards lost with negative plays and penalties — on the winning drive.
He coverted a third-and-3 with a 23-yard run, a second-and-13 with a 14-yard reception and a fourth-and-11 with a 14-yard catch.
All of those were great plays, but the Eastern Michigan recruit saved the best for last.
SMCC forced Clinton into a fourth-and-13 from the Falcon 42 with 1:10 remaining.
The Falcons’ Justin LaPlante made a great pass rush up the middle and planted his shoulder pad into the stomach of Clinton quarterback Kaden Kelly just as he released the ball.
The pass floated down the middle of the field and it looked like it would come down in the arms of an SMCC defender.
But Sexton leapt high to snatch the ball out of the air, then sprinted into the end zone.
“I don’t even know,” Sexton said when asked what happened on the play. “I just went and got it.”
Clinton is 10-0 and will play for a District title Friday night against Madison Heights Madison. MHM defeated Warren Michigan Collegiate 21-6 in the Pre-District game. The game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Madison Heights.