Clinton made one late-in-the-game mistake, and Woodruff didn’t. That was the difference in the Wolverines’ 17-7 win Friday at Willie Varner Stadium over Clinton.
The win solidifies 2nd place in the region for Woodruff and likely sends Clinton to Camden (9-1) this coming Friday in the Class AAA State Playoffs First Round.
Sharmare Dendy scored on a 55-yard run for Woodruff with 1:52 left to play to put the game out of reach. On Clinton’s final drive, a Woodruff interception gave the Wolverines the ball on the Clinton 2; after failing on two runs – it was Clinton’s second goal line stand of the 2nd half – Woodruff went to the victory formation with 6 seconds on the game clock.
Both teams played fiery, inspired defense.
Clinton Football Head Coach Corey Fountain said, “That was a tough one. Our defense played their hearts out. They played a great game. Offensively, every time we’d get something going, we’d get some penalties, we couldn’t sustain drives.
“Defense played great all night. They played hard – a big play here and there and that’s all we gave up.”
Woodruff started the 4th quarter with a drive aided by a Clinton personal foul penalty and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after a sack. Woodruff drove to a 4th and goal from the 2 situation and failed to convert on a stellar play by Clinton’s Jeremiah Boyd. From its goal line, Clinton drove to midfield but was held on a 4th and two. Just after, Dendy cracked the line for his long scoring run.
Woodruff scored first on a 54-yard pass completion and had a 1st quarter interception. On the first play of the 2nd quarter, Woodruff drilled a 32-yard field goal.
After Clinton recovered a fumble on a bad snap in the wild-wolverine formation, Greg Sanders scored the Red Devil touchdown with 4:41 to play before halftime. Clinton recovered a squib-kick on the 2nd half kickoff and drove into field goal position. The boot hit the left post and fell no good.
Then, the one 4th quarter score was all Woodruff needed to win the tough-as-nails defensive struggle.
Clinton wraps up the regular season 4-6, 2-3 in region play – two of the three losses are by a total of 11 points.