CLINTON — Clinton River King running back David Johnson may be only a sophomore but he played well beyond his years Friday night. Johnson scored all four touchdowns for the River Kings as they beat Pleasant Valley, 28-14, in Mississippi Athletic Conference action Friday night. The win is Clinton’s first in four games on the season.

Johnson tallied two touchdowns running the ball and two receiving to go along with 113 yards rushing and 114 yards receiving. His first score of the night came in the first quarter on a shovel pass from senior quarterback Jordan Camp. The sophomore raced 84 yards to paydirt on the second play of the River King’s second drive.

“It felt pretty good,” Johnson said of his scoring jaunt. “I was just running for my life.”

With time running out in the first quarter Clinton’s Shawn Winoski intercepted a Brett Buecker pass to give the River Kings the ball with good field position. The drive stalled four plays later though when the Spartans jumped on a River King fumble.

The Clinton defense held back Pleasant Valley and the teams swapped punts.

With 5:29 left in the second quarter and Clinton driving, the officials cleared the field after lightning strikes were seen in the area. The 45 minute delay slowed some of the momentum the home team had built. The Spartans drove down and evened the score on a Bruce Clark scoring run.

The next drive would prove to be the most pivotal for the River Kings. Starting at their own 28 yard line the Spartans defense rose up and forced a 4th and 9. Clinton punter Kaleb Frazier took a bad snap a raced 15 yards to keep the drive alive.

Three plays later on 3rd and 1, Camp called his own number on an option to gain the first down. Camp connected with Johnson two plays later from 14 yards out to put the River Kings up 14-7 with just seconds left in the half.

“We dropped down and then responded, that was important,” Clinton head coach Lee Camp said of his teams play after the delay.

Pleasant Valley received the ball to start the second half and started driving the ball. The River Kings would slam the door shut again as sophomore Austin Krick sacked Buecker for a six yard loss, forcing the Spartans to punt.

Senior Justin Faur returned the punt 31 yards and a late hit penalty gave Clinton the ball at Pleasant Valley’s 25 yard line.

Johnson carried the ball four straight times finding the end zone from two yards out, upping the River King lead to 21-7.

On the first play of the fourth quarter the Spartans punched in a score on a Buecker quarterback keeper.

Pleasant Valley forced Clinton to punt on the next drive.

With the score 21-14, the Spartans were looking to tie the game. On 2nd down and 10 a Pleasant Valley fumble was recovered by Clinton to kill yet another drive.

The fumble once again set up the River Kings with great field position. Clinton called on Johnson once more as the youngster carried the ball three straight times, scoring from the two yard line, making the final score 28-14.

“The kids have worked so hard to do some things right all year and finally we had a real good week of practice,” Camp said. “The kids were real focused and I thought we came out and ,even with the interruption, played well. Everything was a lot crisper, but we still made enough mistakes, though we didn’t get down.”

The win ups Clinton’s record to 1-3.

The River Kings will be in action again on Thursday when they travel to Davenport to take on Central at Brady Street Stadium.

Score by Quarters

Pleasant Valley 0 7 0 7 — 14

Clinton 7 7 7 7 — 28

Scoring

C—David Johnson 84 pass from Jordan Camp (Kirndeep Sangha kick), 6:38 1st.

PV—Clark Bruce 4 run (Nick Ehrecke kick), 3:09 2nd.

C—Johson 14 pass from Camp (Sangha kick), 0:32 2nd.

C—Johnson 2 run (Sangha kick), 7:26 3rd.

PV—Brett Buecker 1 run (Ehrecke kick), 11:54 4th.

C—Johnson 2 run (Sangha kick), 6:56 4th.



PV CLI

First Downs 12 15

Rushes-Yards 28-79 40-166

Passing Yards 200 189

Comp-Att-Int 16-28-1 11-23-0

Punts-Average 4-28 4-27

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 10-85 10-65

Clinton Leaders

Rushing—David Johnson 25-113, Jordan Camp 10-20.

Passing—11-23-0-189

Receiving—Johnson 4-114, Scott DeAngelis 4-33, Tyler Redman 3-42.

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