Thursday, November 01, 2007
Playoffs loom in prep season
- Sean Stephens @ 3:36 pm PST
Week 10 of Oklahoma high school football is upon us and after Friday more than half the teams in the state will officially move on to winter sports.
But the Red Tornadoes will not.
Here’s a look at the probable Class 3A scenarios and other areas of interest.
Clinton (9-0, 6-0) has a big bout with Kingfisher (7-2, 6-0) Friday at the Tornado Bowl for the District 3A-1 title. The winner could potentially host two playoff games and the loser will play round one at home and round two on the road.
Looking at the rest of the district, Tuttle (7-2, 4-2) should finish as the No. 3 team with a probable win over Elgin (4-5, 3-3). Newcastle (5-4, 3-3) will need to beat Cache (4-5, 1-5) this week to sneak up into the fourth spot.
Plainview (9-0, 6-0) basically has the district wrapped up and Purcell (6-3, 5-1) should finish in the No. 2 spot.
Marlow (6-3, 4-2) will need a win over Madill (5-4, 3-3) to get the third spot and Sulphur (6-3, 3-3) could secure the fourth slot in the district.
Vinita (8-1, 6-0) will likely be the champ and Metro Christian (8-1, 5-1) could land the second spot.
Sequoyah-Claremore (7-2, 4-2) is the returning state champion and could finish third in the district. Berryhill (4-5, 3-3) could get in with a win over Dewey (6-3, 3-3).
About the only sure thing is Victory Christian (5-4, 5-1) and Muldrow (6-3, 5-1) have earned playoff berths.
Seminole (5-4, 3-3), Roland (4-5, 3-3), Bristow (3-6, 3-3) and Checotah (3-6, 3-3) all still have a mathematical stake in the playoff hunt.
It gets confusing, but the key stat to keep in mind is all of the teams have at least three losses and will meet up with 3A-3 teams in the first round.
Thomas (3-6, 2-4) and Cordell (5-4, 2-4) both figure to be on the outside looking in for the postseason.
The Terriers close out the season by taking on Turpin (4-5, 3-3) and could make sure the Cardinals move on to basketball with a win.
The Blue Devils have been decimated by injuries this season, including a scary one last week at Snyder, and have lost four in a row after a 5-0 start.
Cordell wraps things up with Mangum (2-7, 2-4) and could cap the season with a feel-good victory.
Burns Flat-Dill City (6-2, 6-1) has a huge home game with Fox (9-0, 7-0) for the B-2 district title.
A loss will likely make the Eagles a runner-up even though they lost to Mt. View-Gotebo (7-2, 5-2).
All Corn Bible Academy (9-0, 7-0) does is keep winning. The Crusaders have won close games down the stretch and needs to reach 10-0 this week with a win over Temple (8-0, 7-0) for the district title.
CBA will be playing on the road and will be guaranteed at least one home playoff contest.
One of Clinton’s neighbors will be preparing for the playoffs and another will not.
Weatherford (6-3, 5-1) is basically a lock for the runner-up spot — the Eagles close the regular season with an expected mop up with Piedmont (0-9, 0-6) — with Bishop McGuinness (9-0, 6-0) winning the district title.
Elk City (4-5, 2-4) misses the playoffs and will host the Irish on Friday.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Senior is welcome addition
- Sean Stephens @ 5:02 pm PST
For a while Uriah Fisher was always referred to as “the kid from Elk City.”
Now Red Tornado fans know his name well and they refer to him as a “playmaker.”
The senior did transfer from Elk City to attend Clinton and to his credit he has worked to become the starting free safety and play receiver and a little quarterback for CHS.
Changing schools is not always easy, especially in the last year of high school, but Fisher handled the change of scenery well.
“I was worried about it before doing it,” he said. “I knew some of the guys over here, but they took me in pretty quick. Now it feels like I have been going here and playing with them my whole life.”
Getting used to new surroundings and putting on another set of team colors is taxing enough, but so is learning a new system and terminology.
“Learning the plays took a lot of work,” Fisher said. “This is a totally different offense than what I’m used to. I also had to learn what everything was called, so that took some time too.”
Fisher picked up enough and displayed the athletic ability to earn the starting spot at free safety, thus becoming the “Anti-Smurf.” He stands at 6-foot-4 and looks even taller than that breaking the trend of shorter players in the CHS secondary.
“It does give you an advantage, especially if they try to throw the ball up,” he said. “It’s fun to play on this defense because everybody is so fast and they fly around to the ball.
“It makes me want to push harder and do better all of the time.”
Fisher has earned his keep with three interceptions on the season including one against Weatherford in his first game and another crucial one last week against Tuttle.
“I was really proud of the one against Tuttle because we were able to score off that possession,” he said. “When you play safety some times you know the play just by what set they line up in.
“Then you can read some quarterbacks. Some are so locked in that they never look at another receiver and others are able to look at the last second. It’s like trying to do a no-look pass in basketball.”
Fisher knows a little about passing, as he is a back-up thrower in addition to being an option at receiver. It makes for a beneficial combination for him.
“We have so many guys on offense who are capable of making plays,” he said. “It’s nice to have that many options and it helps you know what you are doing out there. There are a lot of guys who are capable of making big plays.”
Fisher said his favorite route as a quarterback and a receiver would have to be the post.
“It’s a lot of fun. Especially over here when we throw it from the red zone and take everyone by surprise.”
Clinton is looking to win a district title Friday at home against Kingfisher and then work through four weeks of the playoffs for another potential gold ball. Fisher talked about what his team must do.
“We need to practice hard all of the time and try not to make as many mistakes on both sides of the ball.”
As for next year, Fisher is still thinking about his options.
“Hopefully I’ll get to go to college and play baseball and get a degree in something, but I don’t know what yet,” he said.
Fisher wanted to show some appreciation in his final comments.
“I want to say thanks to my parents for always being there for me. They always schedule work around all of my events and I want to thank them for that.”
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Senior is versatile player
- Sean Stephens @ 3:47 pm PST
There’s no truth to the rumor that Cameron Gladd drives the bus on away games.
The senior does a little bit of everything else though. Gladd rarely leaves the field thanks to the multitude of his responsibilities for the Red Tornadoes.
Just consider the fact he’s a starting fullback and defensive end and then throw in his kicking and punting duties and Gladd should be the most tired teenager in western Oklahoma.
“Oh, yeah, it’s always fun to be on the field,” he said when asked about playing both ways. “You get more tired when you aren’t on it.”
Gladd has played more on defense this season and enjoys making plays against blockers at the line of scrimmage. It has an advantage over a lot of his opponents thanks to his other athletic activity.
“I get a chance to use my hands and feet and that all comes from wrestling,” he said. “You have to be able to be able to use your hands and feet if you want to be successful.”
Those same hands and feet also help advance the offense when he’s at fullback. This season the Red Tornadoes have more weapons to distribute the ball to and that’s just fine with Gladd.
“We have a totally different offense from last year,” he said. “We still run the same plays, but it’s totally different because of the people we have out there.
“Defenses can’t key on just one option and it makes them have to get out of the box too.”
Fullbacks are known to be plodders and called upon in short-yardage situations, but Gladd gets a chance to bust open for a big gain from time to time.
Then again, he’d rather level a block to let someone else score.
“Blocking is a little different when you have to run to go get someone,” he said. “A lot of things can happen. It’s a good feeling when you see the ear holes or if they are on their heels.
“I’d say my blocking has improved the most this year. There’s more maturity and it just comes from having the right attitude.”
While Gladd gets to make plays on offense and defense, the third component of football is probably his favorite and that’s special teams.
“I love kicking and my leg never really gets tired,” he said when asked if it gets overused. “It’s all just repetition. You do the same thing with every kick.
“I don’t see how people can get iced. You line up, take a few steps back, look up, get lined up and then kick it.”
All kickers think about booting in a last-second score to win a game, but Gladd would rather his team not be in need of his services at that point and time.
“You always dream about it and I’d love to kick one,” he said. “In practice we always talk about it to prepare. I’d rather we take care of business and not need one.”
Friday is a big game with Kingfisher and beyond that contest will be the postseason.
“We’ve been looking forward to this game all year,” Gladd said. “We know we have to practice, practice, practice and we need to be physical on both sides of the ball.
“It’s tough to compare this team to last year’s and I don’t know you could do it. Things have been going pretty good, but it’s crazy how fast it has flown by.”
As for next year, Gladd has a long-term goal in mind.
“I’ll probably go to pharmacy school,” he said. “My brother is graduating from pharmacy school this spring and we’ll go into business together.”
Gladd wished to give some advice in his final comments.
“Don’t blow off anything in the weight room and make every rep count.”
Defense holds steadfast
- Sean Stephens @ 8:43 am PST
One big test has been passed and now another one awaits.
Last weekend the Red Tornadoes (9-0, 6-0) blanked Tuttle (7-2, 4-2) in a 28-0 victory to set up a meeting Friday at the Tornado Bowl with Kingfisher (7-2, 6-0).
Last season it came down to a three-way tie in the district with the points used as the tiebreaker. This year it’s head to head for the district crown and both teams will and should be fired up.
That impending matchup is still a few days away and we’ll preview (hype it up) more this week, but there’s still time to look back at some additional notes and observations of the Tuttle win.
Big, Big D
One of the most used sayings in the Sports Editor’s Big Book of Clichés is “They bent but did not break.”
Six times Tuttle was within spitting distance of the end zone and were denied. Clinton’s defense took away seven possessions overall from the Tigers.
Six interceptions and a fumble recovery were detrimental to Tuttle’s momentum. Keep in mind the Tigers are now the fifth highest scoring team in Class 3A and have one of the most productive tailbacks in the state.
It was a tremendous defensive battle by both teams and the difference was one team made bigger plays when it had to do so.
Not So Fast …
While the win over Tuttle is major, coach Mike Lee was quick to offer some points to keep his team focused on the remaining games.
“We had some trouble blocking and tackling,” he said. “We have to do a better job of that if we want to be any good. We also didn’t do a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback tonight.”
Tuttle did manage to move the ball well at times and played well enough on defense to only give up one score a quarter to Class 3A’s most potent offense.
Clinton has collected 401 points this season and Metro Christian is next with 385. Plainview is third with 358 points, next is Vinita with 324 and Tuttle with 315 to round out the 300-points or better club.
Bone to Pick
You could tell who is a fan of Clinton and who wasn’t really quick.
While checking various message boards (as an aside, your friendly neighborhood sports editor never posts on these sites because there’s no need to provide bulletin board material and he puts his foot in his mouth enough) from a couple of Web sites some posters tried to diminish the seven turnovers Clinton came up with during the game.
Some people claimed Tuttle “gave the game away,” but teams with the tradition of Clinton and Tuttle never give things away.
Those turnovers were earned. Whether it was the secondary reading the route to perfection or the threat of a big hit coming, those “takeaways” were earned.
Looking back over the last four seasons the Tigers were last blanked in a 7-0 loss to Chandler in the 2004 season opener.
The Tigers’ biggest loss also occurred in 2004 when they were defeated twice by 11 points to Kingfisher and Marlow in the playoffs.
Give credit to the will of the Red Tornadoes for wrapping up a stout win over a stout opponent.
While credit is being dispensed, make sure to send some of it the way of the CHS band.
The Pride of Clinton’s halftime performance was one of the best ever and the kids pulled out all of the stops.
Mike Thomas must have lost six pounds while portraying the “witch” during the performance from all of the cavorting around.
Again, hats off to the band for putting on one great show.
Monday, October 29, 2007
- Sean Stephens @ 11:41 am PST
For a solid month Clinton’s football team has been waiting to see just how it wound perform under real pressure.
It got its answer Friday at the Tornado Bowl in an important district matchup with Tuttle.
The Red Tornadoes (9-0, 6-0) denied the Tigers’ best efforts with a 28-0 shutout of Tuttle (7-2, 4-2). The win sets up a meeting next week at the Bowl with Kingfisher (7-2, 6-0) for the District 3A-1 title.
There will be no tiebreakers to determine the champ, as it was so last season.
“I’m proud of you and you fought your tails off,” coach Mike Lee told his team. “You competed well, but it’s not time to take it easy. You have to come out next week to take care of business and win a district championship. That was a great job tonight.”
Lee talked more about the impressive stinginess of his defensive unit against a team capable of moving the ball well.
“That’s a very good team and they do a lot of things,” he said. “They spread you out and throw the ball on you, but our kids did a good job in coverage. They were able to drive in there, but we were able to squeeze them and make some plays.
“Six picks is nice.”
Cecil Kirkendoll would register the first interception during Tuttle’s initial drive. He would stymie Tuttle’s push with a pick-off at Clinton’s one-yard line.
It would be a common theme for the evening.
Punts were swapped before Tuttle mounted another drive with short pass plays. The drive was snuffed with Torrance McBrayer plucking a pass. A flag on the lengthy return (another common theme) placed Clinton on its own nine-yard line.
Nine plays later and Ryan Stringer hooked up with McBrayer for a 41-yard touchdown pass. The duo would combine for four completions for 147 yards on the night.
Clinton had a 6-0 lead with 17 seconds left in the first quarter.
Tuttle held Clinton on downs at its own 28, but would test the CHS secondary one more time. Uriah Fisher snagged a pass and brought it to the 19-yard line.
It took three plays for the Red Tornadoes to add to their lead. Chris Pearson essentially walked in from five yards away. Stringer hit an open Cameron Gladd for the two-point conversion, 14-0.
The Tigers put together another nice drive and appeared destined to score. Those hopes were dashed when Brayden Lockhart recovered a loose ball at Clinton’s three-yard line.
Tuttle threatened again after a partially blocked punt with 37 seconds left in the half. McBrayer read the route perfectly and picked off his second pass of the night near the end zone.
“Big-time games have big-time players and I thought Torrance was big for us in the first half and Chris was in the second,” Lee said.
Pearson’s heroics came after loosing a fumble to start the second half.
Tuttle drove deep into CHS territory yet again and attempted a pass in the flat. Pearson jumped the pass and motored 86 yards for a touchdown that could have well been the backbreaker for the Tigers.
Clinton now enjoyed a 21-0 cushion, but Tuttle would get close one more time.
Like a starving man salivating for a bite of cake, Lockhart knocked the fork away with a big interception at about the five-yard line.
The fourth quarter progressed with both teams trying to find a groove on offense with Pearson establishing a running game for CHS.
Tuttle gave the ball over on downs at midfield and five plays later Delans Griffin busted through the line for a 10-yard score with 45 seconds left in the contest, 28-0.
Now Clinton is guaranteed one home playoff game and Tuttle must hit the road. While this goes down as a big win, Lee said there’s no time to rest on the team’s laurels.
“It’s going to be big games from here on out. And if you can’t handle that, then you don’t deserve to be a district champion. We can’t come out flat for the second big game last year. If they want to do what they want to accomplish, then they have to come ready to play.”
Monday, October 22, 2007
Car bash is Thursday at Dome
- Sean Stephens @ 4:50 pm PST
The Clinton High School cheerleaders will be conducting a “Car Bash the Tigers” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tornado Dome.
People will be able to take out their frustrations on a junker car with a sledgehammer.
The price will be $3 for one hit and $5 for two.
All of the glass and headlights will be removed from the car before the bash will take place. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To purchase tickets, call CHS cheer sponsor Lynn Mendoza at 445-1640.
Senior relies on speed
- Sean Stephens @ 4:49 pm PST
Defensive tackles are expected to be big space eaters who plod along the line at a slower pace.
That is not the case for Jeremy Fanshier.
The senior isn’t what you would call a behemoth, but what he happens to be is mighty swift off the snap.
The senior is a regular in opposing team’s backfields and it’s all about speed giving him the advantage.
“I haven’t gone up against anyone smaller than me all season,” Fanshier said. “I try to rely on speed and technique to get past those big old boys. It’s surprising how you can push guys like that around.
“It takes a combination of hands and footwork. I use my hands and my feet to get past those strong guys. I like the challenge because I didn’t think I’d even get to play much this season, especially on the defensive line.”
Fanshier’s status was a question mark before the season began because he was coming off a wicked elbow injury from his brief and final foray into wrestling.
Rehab and lots of it followed in the coming months and Fanshier is always wearing a large black pad on his elbow to help protect it. It gets some abuse from waging wars within the trenches.
“It’s hanging in there,” he said when asked how it was holding up. “There are some things I can’t do, but it feels pretty good. These last seven or eight months I was even wondering if I’d even be able to play. It was frustrating not being able to workout with it. I’m really surprised to be on the defensive line.”
Fanshier’s elbow pad also serves as a way to identify him when he changes his jersey to help out the offensive line. No. 45 gets traded for No. 51.
“If you see me wear No. 51, then I’m helping because there’s an injury or something on the offensive line,” Fanshier said. “I like No. 45, but I’ll do whatever it takes to help the team. That’s my role. Our offensive line has been really good this year and I like what we’ve been able to do on the o-line.
“There have been players like Jarrett (Richert) step up and having Otha (Douglas) start both ways this year. A lot of people have stepped up this year and so far it’s a lot better than last year.”
The playoffs are a lock, but two stiff home tests with Tuttle and Kingfisher remain. Fanshier talked about what his team must do to get home playoff games and have a chance at gold ball No. 15.
“We have to practice hard and be mentally ready to play like we are capable of.”
As for next year, Fanshier has an idea of what he would like to do.
“I want to go play baseball and hopefully get a chance to go somewhere and do that,” he said. “If that doesn’t happen, then I’ll probably go to UCO and probably just go into business.”
Fanshier wished to show his appreciation in his final comments.
“I’d really like to thank my coaches and parents for everything. I’d also like to thank Kent Powell at First Care for helping with my arm and getting me ready to play again.”
Thursday, October 18, 2007
CMS wins road pair at Marlow
- Sean Stephens @ 3:47 pm PST
Tuesday the Clinton Middle School football teams traveled to Marlow and came away with two wins.
The seventh graders won 28-8 and the eighth graders won 18-8.
Both games featured seventh grader Garrison Mendoza running wild.
He scored six touchdowns on the night and three in each game. Touchdown runs of 56, 63 and 27 yards were collected by him in the seventh grade game and he played with the older Whirlwinds to score on runs of 12, four and 12 yards.
Drew Long broke free on a 53-yard run in the seventh grade game and also ran in a two-point conversion.
Korbet Moore connected with Quentin Hand on a pass for a conversion.
Both teams improved their record to 5-2 on the season and will bring things to a close Tuesday with a tough game at Altus set to round things out.
Freshman win in OT at Marlow
- Sean Stephens @ 3:46 pm PST
Both teams came up with mirror responses in terms of scoring Tuesday at Marlow when the Clinton freshman football team faced the Outlaws.
In the end it proved to be a vital defensive play to preserve a 27-26 overtime win for the younger Red Tornadoes.
Clinton was up 27-20 in the extended play when the Outlaws scored on their first play from the 10. Marlow called a timeout and elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win.
Saul Pina made the first hit on the Marlow receiver and the rest of the defense followed to deny the Outlaws the conversion and the win.
“It was a great game,” said coach Eugene Jefferson. “I told them that good teams find a way to respond when things get rough. We were able to dig deep and take care of business.”
Clinton (7-0) played with eighth graders in the fold and still was able to maintain dominance defensively against the run. Marlow’s three scores were set up or a result of large pass plays.
“We kept giving up those big plays in the secondary, but up front we handled them,” Jefferson said.
Teon’tre Murphy and Pina snagged picks and Lane Kinney picked off two passes along with one late to curtail Marlow drives.
Amos Whisler broke free on a 69-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Kinney took in a one-yard sneak after an 85-yard kick return by Pina in the third quarter.
Whisler added an eight-yard score in the fourth quarter with 2:20 left in the game to send it to overtime.
“We played well,” Jefferson said. “I thanked all of the eighth graders who played with us because they helped us out a lot. We couldn’t use our sophomores, but we played pretty well.”
Monday, October 15, 2007
Clinton cruises in win No. 7
- Sean Stephens @ 4:34 pm PST
Clinton’s seventh-straight win Friday at Blanchard was a formality it had to get through.
The Red Tornadoes (7-0, 4-0) dispatched the Lions (2-5, 0-4) in a 54-13 blowout, but had trouble maintaining focus at times.
Then again, a 41-7 lead at the half will make any team run on automatic pilot the rest of the way.
Here are some additional observations from the win over Blanchard.
Home Run Power
All season long the Red Tornadoes have had a good mix of rushing and passing to rely upon. It means there are more weapons and the receivers are more than just downfield blockers.
Coach Mike Lee has been pleased with the running game, but was waiting to see his backs turn one loose for a big gainer.
It only took the third play of the game to see one of his tailbacks hit another gear in open ground.
Antonio Huddlen, who is nursing an injury and wearing a boot throughout the week, zoomed away on a 45-yarder for the first score of the game.
Chris Pearson (we’ll talk more about him later) took the second play of the second drive 68 yards to the house.
Five different Red Tornado ball carriers found the end zone with 341 yards, while the Lions scrapped together just 35.
Pearson hits like a linebacker, but the only problem is he is “listed” at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds.
Both of those numbers could be questioned a little, but his ability to rattle helmets is not.
Blanchard tossed a quick pass toward Clinton’s sideline and Pearson absolutely leveled the receiver. Even fans on the Blanchard sideline let out an “Ohhhh!”
He’s a multiple recipient of the “no-prize” Hit of the Night statistic and you try to share the wealth with other players, but hits like that make it difficult to ignore.
Kris Carlisle has suffered from an identity crisis the past two games.
Normally sporting No. 81, the junior has been wearing No. 67 and No. 58 to play on the offensive line.
Friday he recovered a Blanchard fumble and some people were quick to ask, “Who is No. 58?”
Jeremy Fanshier also got in on the number shuffle with trading his No. 45 for No. 66 last week.
Blanchard had mosquitoes as large as horseflies.
During the national anthem your friendly neighborhood sports editor felt a persistent irritation on his left hand.
A quick swipe later and a jumbo-sized mosquito had won the battle, but had lost the war. The tight sidelines were packed with the pests, but those who were there know they didn’t present the only problems on the sideline.
Again, another war was quickly lost in that instance as well.
- Sean Stephens @ 4:32 pm PST
It’s a rare thing when a team wins by more than 40 on the road, but leaves the field with its head hanging down.
The Red Tornadoes (7-0, 4-0) experienced the phenomena Friday at Blanchard (2-5, 0-4) after a 54-13 blowout.
Coach Mike Lee kept his post-game comments brief when addressing his players.
“You’ve got film Sunday at two. You’ve got film Sunday at two. Get a break.”
Lee was not pleased with his team’s focus and talked more about it while his team headed toward the bus.
“We’re making a lot of mistakes,” he said. “Right now I’m seeing mistake after mistake and right now we are not that good. We make a lot of mistakes but we think we’re good. We’re going to get beat by someone soon if we keep playing like that.”
Starters played significant time in this ball game even with the score like it was. It was an intentional notion by Lee and his coaches.
“We played longer and tried to keep it close to the vest,” he said. “We need some conditioning because the starters haven’t played in the fourth quarter since week one.
“We wanted to play them longer to get the work in. I would have liked to play everyone, but we are going to need to be in shape.”
Like similar ball games this season the Red Tornadoes jumped out to a big lead by the half.
Clinton scored three touchdowns in the first and second quarter, but its defense also allowed a score in the first quarter.
Clinton’s ground game proved to be potent enough for seven touchdowns on the night and an average of better than nine yards a carry.
Antonio Huddlen took off on the game’s third play for a 45-yard touchdown. Cameron Gladd kicked the first of his six successful extra points to make it 7-0 with 10:46 left in the first quarter.
The Red Tornadoes faced second and long after a play where there wasn’t a tailback and Chris Pearson broke free on a 68-yard touchdown run, 14-0.
Blanchard would hold Clinton on a fourth down play, but promptly cough the ball up on a fumble recovery at the 14-yard line by Kris Carlisle.
Three plays later Gladd punched in a six-yard carry for a score, 21-0.
The Lions would turn a turnover into a 23-yard touchdown pass for their best drive of the evening, 21-7.
Two possessions later and Clinton would drive again. Ryan Stringer would connect with Cecil Kirkendoll on a 31-yard pass and the drive would be capped with Gladd rumbling for a 14-yard score, 28-7.
Pearson would pick off a pass on Blanchard’s next drive and six plays later Brayden Lockhart banged in a one-yard carry for a touchdown, 34-7.
Blanchard benefited from a pair of 15-yard penalties to drive into Clinton territory, but Uriah Fisher snuffed the drive with an interception at the CHS 26-yard line with 2:03 left in the half.
Stringer turned the “two-minute O” into the “43-second O.”
The fourth of four straight completions featured Pearson taking off on a 45-yard touchdown with 1:27 remaining, 41-7.
Clinton would score again on its first possession of the third quarter when Huddlen took off on a 25-yard scamper, 48-7.
Blanchard answered with its second score of the night with about six minutes left in the game on a one-yard touchdown run, 48-13.
Clinton’s last drive consisted of 10 plays with the second-string offense finally coming in. Josh Martinez broke through tackles for a nine-yard touchdown trot, 54-13.
The Red Tornadoes will now look forward to a “long” short week of practice to fix mistakes and regain some focus. Thursday Clinton will travel to Elgin for its fifth district contest. The Owls (4-3, 3-1) are coming off a 46-0 shutout of Santa Fe South (0-7, 0-4).