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Red Devils roll on to 7th win, pound Union Co. 61-7

Clinton senior DL Wes Ray (52) gets in on a tackle of Union County QB Marcus Porter (6) during the Red Devils 61-7 victory Thursday night at Union County Stadium.

Clinton opened its Region 4-3A schedule at Union County Thursday – a day earlier than planned due to Hurricane Ian’s impending impact on the Upstate.

After the Red Devils left Union County Stadium with a 61-7 victory, the Yellowjackets may have preferred to tangle with the hurricane.

Seven different Clinton players scored touchdowns as the Red Devils defense held Union County to 60 yards of total offense, including 30 yards rushing on 27 attempts.

Bryson James scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 32-yard run with 9 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first quarter, bursting the dam for the Clinton offense. Clinton erupted for 35 first-quarter points.

After four straight weeks of special teams returns for touchdowns, the Red Devils doubled up against Union County. Bryson James, who also scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter, returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown – his fourth kickoff return for a score this season. Brett Young recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a score during the Red Devils’ outburst in the opening quarter.

James and Jishun Copeland each rushed for 70 yards on five carries to lead the Red Devils (7-0 overall, 1-0 region) on the ground, while quarterback Austin Copeland scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and completed his only pass for a score – a 22-yard strike to Kaden Crawford.

Union County fell to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in region play.

The Red Devils have a bye week scheduled for this coming week, but will return to region play on Oct. 14 against Woodruff at Wilder Stadium.

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