CLINTON — What can they do for an encore?

The Clinton football team shredded Davenport North 57-6 last Thursday to open the 2009 season. The River Kings accumulated 359 yards of total offense and hit the 50-point mark for the second time this decade. Meanwhile, they held North to minus-15 total yards.

What next?

Whatever Clinton cooks up for its home opener Friday night against Davenport West, overconfidence won't be a main ingredient.

“Sometimes when things go bad for a team, they snowball, and it can become hard to stop,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “I think that's what happened with (North). We still have things to work on, and we're continuing to stress fundamentals and details.”

The Rivers Kings will strive for their second consecutive 2-0 start and fourth since 1996.

Last year, Clinton beat West 34-6 in Week 2 behind a big night from quarterback Jake Mangler. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Halfback David Johnson ran for 78 yards and three touchdowns.

The River Kings will face a West defense that tends to stack the line of scrimmage in an attempt to silence an opponent’s rushing and short-passing games.

That won’t necessarily place more pressure on Mangler’s right arm.

Clinton still expects its ground game to produce.

“We think our line can still create holes,” Camp said. “If they put a lot of guys in the box, we can run around the edges. Or we can just go Power I, and if they want to get into a slugfest, we’ll get in a slugfest with them.”

Bryan Cherryholmes, who rushed for 149 yards against Clinton last year, has graudated, but West offers a slew of replacements. Logan Corrigan, Zack Bruce, Devyn Beaver and quarterback Garrett Hass combined to rush for 141 yards on 44 carries last week against North Scott.

“They run a lot of quick motion,” Camp said, “and they really hammer the ball at you.”

Clinton hopes to give another strong performance before its “blacked-out” crowd.

“It’s exciting,” Camp said. “We have some hype this year, and it’ll be neat to parade our team in front of the home fans.”

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