Clinton secures playoff spot
An impressive 61-0 victory by Clinton’s varsity football team over Whitmore Lake on Friday, Sept. 28, automatically qualified the Redskins a spot in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) state playoffs as they improved to 6-0 overall on the season.Clinton’s shutout featured touchdowns in every quarter with four scored in the second quarter alone.The Redskins took a 19-0 lead after the opening quarter and finished the first half up 36-0.Clinton added nine points in the third quarter, on a touchdown and safety, and added six more points in the fourth quarter to end all scoring.Bret Tschirhart opened scoring with a touchdown on a four-yard run with 10:18 left in the first quarter. Collin Poore added another touchdown in the quarter on a 15-yard run while Mathew Sexton scored a touchdown on a 22-yard pass from TJ Baker. Clinton missed its Point After Touchdown (PAT) attempts on its first two touchdowns but Gannon Nelson added one point on a kick following the Redksins third touchdown.Baker recorded an 11 yard touchdown run in the second quarter while Poore struck pay dirt on a short two yard run. Nelson connected on the PAT kick after Baker’s touchdown but missed after Poore’s.Baker added his second touchdown of the second quarter on a 10-yard run while Tschirhart added a touchdown on a two yard rush. Nelson made good on both PAT attempts following the touchdowns.Mike Sexton scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a two-yard run and Nelson added a point on the ensuing PAT kick. The Redskins added two more points on a Safety.Jared Sacket recorded the game’s final touchdown on a 15 yard run in the final quarter. Clinton attempted a two-point pass conversion following the TD but failed.Clinton hosts Morenci (3-3, 1-3 TCC) for homecoming on Friday, Oct. 5. Game time is 7 p.m.