The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

October 4, 2012

Kings search for ‘W’

CLINTON — By now, Eric Maddasion should have a good idea of what to expect when he steps on the Brady Street Stadium turf Friday night.

Unlike his previous two stints as Clinton High’s quarterback, Maddasion has had a chance to prepare for this week’s game, a matchup of 1-5 teams against Davenport West.

Two weeks ago, Maddasion found out the night before Clinton played Davenport Assumption that he would start in place of the injured Will Carr. Last week, Carr returned, but Maddasion was pressed into duty again when Carr was re-injured. This week, Maddasion has known all along he would make his second start under center.

“I think it’s better for him and the team,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “It gives Eric a sense of confidence knowing ahead of time.”

Maddasion has had some success moving the offense, although Clinton has had some trouble scoring. Last week, he was driving the offense late in the game but threw an interception that gave Burlington the chance to move into position for a last-second field goal in a 16-13 win.

Camp said it was important for Maddasion to look to the future, not the past.

“He’s been positive,” Camp said.

The River Kings’ chances of success should improve this week.

Jeremy Mosier, who left a successful career as coach at Northeast to return to his alma mater, is trying to change the fortunes of West’s football team. It hasn’t been easy, however. His teams are 2-22 in two-plus seasons, although the second win came just two weeks ago, by a 51-7 score against Davenport North.

Both teams enter the game in a similar spot, needing to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

“Obviously, times are fading fast on us,” Camp said. “We’ve got to get wins in our last couple of games.”

With the exception of the win against North, West has struggled offensively. The Falcons have combined for just 37 points in their five losses.

“They’ve got a pretty good tailback (Deontrez Overstreet) and have done a lot of running,” Camp said. “They’ve got some good linemen. I think we’ll see them line up double tight and bring it at us.”

Clinton will counter by packing the box on defense.

“You’ll see us with a tighter crouch in the box,” Camp said.

The River Kings, who will play without injured linebacker Alex Smith, have seen some positive signs on defense. They have allowed fewer points than the previous week in each of the past four games.

Maddasion, who has rushed for 173 yards and completed 10 of 20 passes for 83 yards, will direct the Kings against a 4-4 defense.

“They’re pretty aggressive,” Camp said. “They’ll bring a linebacker sometimes so it looks like a 6-2. One thing that has been successful (for West) is packing people in between the tackles.”

With the experience Maddasion has gotten the past two weeks, and knowing the situation well ahead of time, the River Kings are hoping to change their fortunes and get their first win since opening night.

 

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