The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

October 5, 2013

Kings win on desperation drive

BURLINGTON — If the Clinton River Kings were going to complete the comeback Friday, Burlington was sure going to make them earn it.

With under two minutes to play, the Grayhounds backed Clinton all the way against the shadow of their own goal posts, with the River Kings trailing 30-28, with enough time and timeouts for one more offensive drive. Clinton coach Lee Camp said, at the time, he was only thinking field goal.

Instead, Clinton marched 94 yards, on eight plays in roughly 90 seconds. And from the 19-yard line, River Kings quarterback Eric Maddasion (as he had seven other times this season) spotted 6-foot, 8-inch Brady Ernst in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score, giving Clinton another thrilling, last-second victory and making the team's playoff picture a little less murky.

"We try to keep them exciting," Camp said after the 34-30 victory. "We really picked up our tempo on that final drive. We were getting plays in and called. I thought our offensive line did a tremendous job giving us protection.

"My thoughts were just to get us close to a field goal. They (Burlington) changed around their defense and we found some nice holes in the middle. We really used the clock wisely I thought. ... All of a sudden we have that last shot."

Clinton entered the half trailing 21-7, with Burlington getting the ball to start the second half. The Grayhounds eventually built their lead to 30-14 early in the fourth quarter.

The River Kings responded with a 20-point swing. Maddasion connected with Ernst on their second of three scores on the night. On the next drive, Dustin Caldwell punched it in from the 3, putting Clinton a two-point conversion away from tying the game.

Burlington thwarted the conversion. With just under five minutes remaining, the Grayhounds chewed up clock before punting and setting up Clinton's late drive of desperation.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Evers: For love of the green CLINTON - Conner Evers calls The Oaks Golf Course his home. There isn't a day where Evers won't visit the golf course on the city's west side. "I spend a lot of time here," Evers said with a laugh. "This is my second home. I love golf, and there's no

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 1B-photo, Ladehoff signs CCC right for Ladehoff DEWITT - Joe Shovlain says Clinton Community College has a great selling point: opportunity. For Central DeWitt senior Ellie Ladehoff, there was another key factor in her decision to attend the school. Ladehoff, who joined 11 of her classmates on sta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-24-14 1B-Photo, Drake story Youngsters take on oval

    CLINTON -- One of the biggest track meets in the nation begins today, and the youngsters will kick off the event at Drake University in Des Moines. The high school portion of the Drake Relays begins at 3 p.m. with the field events, and Clinton senior

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lancers blank Queens, Kings CLINTON -- Chloe Gottschalk scored a hat trick to lead North Scott past Clinton 7-0 in girls soccer Tuesday night. Gina Matthys added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Gallens and Olivia Schmidt scored once apiece. Abby Nass played all 80 minutes in goa

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B or 3B-Photo, Gateway B race Kings kick off big week at Gateway CLINTON -- It's not quite the state meet in terms of importance, but this week is right up there for the Clinton boys track and field team. Seniors Deshond Robinson and Nathan Harden were in top form Tuesday as they tuned up for the Drake Relays by h

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Welcome-back win CLINTON -- Scoring in every event, the Camanche boys track and field team presented coach Mark Metzger with a terrific "welcome back" gift Tuesday evening. The Indians piled up 171 points to win the Class B portion of the 94th annual Gateway Classic

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22-14 2B-Photo, Fulton baseball Morrison wins twinbill at Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- As Fulton baseball coach Kyle Miller put it after losing both games to Morrison on Monday, the losses were tough to swallow, but all the Steamers could do afterward was tip their hats toward the Mustangs. Morrison won 1-0, then 11-4

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish's Evers second CLINTON -- Conner Evers pulled out his go-to motivation when struggling on the golf course. Not anything in his bag particularly, but a small booklet of pick-me-up quotes. He picked the right one, because Evers, a junior for Prince of Peace, finished

    April 22, 2014

Sports Updates