Clinton guaranteed piece of TCC title

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Clinton’s Cullen Zimmerman (9) and T.J. Baker (6) celebrate. Photo by Tom Culler.

PETERSBURG — At least a portion of the Tri-County Conference championship is guaranteed to go to Clinton’s varsity football team after the Redskins defeated Summerfield 37-14 on the road Friday, Oct. 12. Clinton remained undefeated with the win at 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

Summerfield quickly opened scoring, recovering an onside kick and marching the ball in for the first touchdown. The Bulldogs ran 26 plays to Clinton’s three in the first quarter but the ‘Skins got on track in the second quarter when quarterback T.J. Baker hit Cullen Zimmerman with a 25 yard pass to the end zone. The following series Clinton held Summerfield and forced a punt only to have the Bulldogs snap the ball over the punters head out of the end zone for a Redskin safety.

Colin Poore intercepted the first of four Redskin interceptions and returned the ball 25 yards to set-up Clinton’s next touchdown. Baker threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mathew Sexton and then found Zimmerman in the end zone for the two-point conversion for a 16-7 halftime lead.

Summerfield scored again late in the third quarter (1:13) but Clinton responded with another big drive, going 60 yards on eight plays before Baker capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown rush. Moritz Jarchow then converted the first of his three extra point kicks of the night.

Cullen Zimmerman intercepted a Bulldog pass on the next series and returned the ball 35 yards for touchdown to stretch Clinton’s lead to 30-14.

The Redskin defense continued shutting down Summerfield as Mike Sexton intercepted another pass on the Bulldogs’ next series. Brett Tschirhart capped off Clinton’s five-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Zimmerman snatched his second interception of the night as Clinton closed the door on the Bulldogs late in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins rushed for 185-yards and passed for another 92. Baker led the rushing game with 85 yards on 14 carries while Poore (19-65), Mathew Sexton (3-13), KC Clegg (2-12) and Tschirhart (4-12) each added yardage.

Baker was efficient with his passing completing 5 key passes on 8 attempts good for 92 yards. Zimmerman (1-25), Sexton (1-30), Hunter Pizzo (2-20) and Dylan Spurlock (1-15) had the receptions.

Baker (10 tackles), Brett Tschirhart (9 tackles) and Grant Clark (9 tackles) led Clinton’s defense.

Clinton plays at home on Friday, Oct. 19, against Sand Creek (2-6, 2-4 TCC).




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