NEWBERRY – Clinton senior Bryson James scored three touchdown – two rushing and one on an 85-yard kickoff return – as the Red Devils defeated host Newberry 34-20 Friday night for their third straight victory to start the season.
Playing without senior starting quarterback Austin Copeland, Clinton was outgained on the ground and in total offense for the first time this season. In two previous wins over Batesburg-Leesville and Laurens, the Red Devils rolled up more than 500 yards in total offense in each game.
The Bulldogs (0-2) outgained Clinton 246-227 from scrimmage.
Even so, the Red Devils led 27-6 by halftime, thanks in part to James’ kickoff return with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. James gave Clinton a 14-0 cushion with touchdown runs of 3 and 19 yards in the first quarter.
Newberry running back Zai Sims carried the ball 22 times for a game-high 125 yards and a touchdown.
Ty Richardson scored on a 14-yard run with 1:06 left in the third quarter to extend Clinton’s lead to 34-6. Newbery added two fourth-quarter Bryce Satterwhite touchdown passes to cut into the Red Devils’ lead.
Clinton (3-0) is back on the road for the second-leg of a three-game road swing next Friday (Sept. 9) when the Red Devils visit Aiken.