Spurred by four defensive scores – two interception returns for touchdowns and a pair of safeties – Clinton easily dispatched homecoming opponent Blue Ridge 49-7 Friday night at Wilder Stadium.
With the victory, the Red Devils improved to 4-0 on the season as they head into their Region 3-3A schedule.
For the second straight week, Clinton dominated the early going. The Red Devils led 27-0 by the end of the first quarter against the Tigers (0-3).
Austin Copeland returned an interception 20 yards for a score with 4:55 left in the first quarter to extend Clinton’s lead to 19-0. The Red Devils added the first of two first-half safeties with 2:10 left in the first quarter to extend the lead to 21-0.
Bryson James, who scored on a 66-yard run in the first quarter, returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown with 10:07 left in the third quarter to wrap up the scoring for the Red Devils and stretch their lead to 49-0. James led all rushers with 83 yards on just three carries.
For the second straight week, senior quarterback Davis Wilson connected with receiver Wilson Wages for a long score. Wages scored on an 83-yard strike from Wilson with 2:04 left in the first half. Wilson connected on 4 of 6 pass attempts for 113 yards and two touchdowns. His 11-yard first-quarter strike to Zekeriah Johnston opened the scoring for Clinton.
The Red Devils rolled up 348 yards of total offense, averaging over 10 yards per offensive snap, while the Clinton defense yielded 144 yards of total offense to the Tigers.
Clinton is scheduled to host Newberry next Friday night (Sept. 24) in a game that was postponed two weeks ago due to COVID-19.