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High School Sports

September 19, 2013

Can Kings ride thriller?

Clinton coming off OT victory

CLINTON -- There’s no doubt about it: Clinton High’s thrilling victory over Mississippi Athletic Conference foe Davenport Central is the type of win that can make or break a season.

Consider -- The last time the River Kings had a similar regular-season win was in 2009 over Davenport Assumption, a year in which they went undefeated and made a deep run in the playoffs. This year’s squad is hoping for similar success, with a goal of making the postseason.

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To do that, coach Lee Camp said the team will need to ride the momentum it built with the 27-21 overtime win over the Blue Devils last Friday.

“Twice now, we ended up with an overtime win like that,” he said. “Back then, (the players) responded like this is a great opportunity for us to get better. I think I see that with some of the players we have now.”

Against Muscatine on Friday, Clinton’s road to victory will have to be paved without one of its top yard producers. Senior halfback Alex Caldwell -- the River Kings’ leader in total yards with 265 -- ended the game against Central with a broken thumb and had his hand wrapped in a cast this week. In general, Camp said the tough win over Central left his team with some bumps and bruises.

“We’re a little banged up after that,” he said. “I thought it was a pretty hard-hitting game. It causes you to pull back and take it easy in the beginning of the week.”

Camp said Caldwell still would be a factor on defense in Clinton’s secondary, but his loss as a ball carrier means Delante Chamberlain and Austin Peters will be looked upon to fill the void, joining Caldwell’s brother -- Dustin -- in the backfield alongside quarterback Eric Maddasion. Wideout Lucas Laufenberg could play a larger role in the passing game to make up for Alex Caldwell’s catches.

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