DAVENPORT — The Clinton River King football team overcame a slow start and took advantage of a strong running game and some timely passing on the way to their second consecutive victory.

The River Kings downed the Davenport Central Blue Devils 20-7 on their homecoming at Brady Street Stadium Thursday night.

Behind another strong performance from sophomore running back David Johnson, Clinton piled up 179 yards rushing and 307 yards of total offense. Johnson, who has scored seven touchdowns in the last three games, ran for 130 yards and caught a touchdown pass to lead the way.

The River Kings kicked off to open the game and promptly forced a three and out. On the ensuing punt Davenport Central forced a fumble and regained possession. The Clinton defense stiffened and forced Central to turn the ball over on downs.

Clinton started to mount a drive, but a sack of quarterback Jordan Camp set the River Kings back and they turned the ball over on downs.

On the next drive Clinton forced and recovered a fumble to set themselves up with good field position. Central stopped Clinton though and the River Kings were forced to punt.

Clinton returned the favor and forced a Central punt, but the kick was mishandled and the Blue Devils recovered.

It looked as though the momentum was swinging in Davenport Central’s favor, but on the very next play Clinton senior Chad Rally recovered another Blue Devil fumble to give the River Kings the ball at the Davenport Central 36-yard line.

Clinton marched the ball down to the Blue Devil 8-yard line where the drive stalled and the River Kings faced a 4th and 4. Clinton head coach Lee Camp called a timeout to talk things over with his team. The talk paid dividends as Jordan Camp hit Scott DeAngelis with an eight yard scoring strike and Kirndeep Sangha added the extra point to put the visitors up 7-0.

Davenport Central answered back taking advantage of a long kick return and some nice passing to even the score 7-7 with 6:45 left in the first half.

Clinton took a touchback on the kickoff and proceeded to march the ball down the field behind the running of Johnson and senior Nick Vidal. The River Kings covered 80 yards in 15 plays as Camp found Johnson in the end zone for a 5 yard scoring play. The drive consumed six minutes and 29 seconds and sent the River Kings into the locker room with momentum and a 14-7 lead.

“That drive was big momentum wise,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “It was very important.”

Clinton came out of the break a little slow giving up a fumble on their first drive. But as it had all night the Clinton defense rose to the challenge. Clinton junior Sam Parker intercepted a Alex Gooey pass to give the River Kings the ball back.

Just as it had done to end the half, the Clinton offense churned out a time consuming drive on the legs of Johnson and some nice passing by Camp. Camp hit Tyler Redman for 13 yard gain on a fourth and four play to keep the drive alive. Three plays later it was Camp connecting with Redman again for a 33 yard touchdown strike.

The Clinton defense stiffened the rest of the way and the offense ran the clock down to seal the victory.

“The line did a great job giving me time, and the receivers found the open spot and caught the ball,” Clinton senior quarterback Jordan Camp said of his three touchdown pass performance. “It was a team effort all the way around.”

“It was a great win for our kids. They (Davenport Central) are a fast team and we really worried about their speed,” coach Lee Camp said. “I thought the defense did a great job containing them. Our offensive line gave us time to throw the ball, our receivers got open and we completed some passes. It left David Johnson the opportunity to run and do some of the things he does real well.”

With their second consecutive win the River Kings carry momentum into a big homecoming match-up with undefeated and top-ranked Bettendorf.

“We preach to do the little things right and the kids are seeing it,” Camp said. “We kind of revamped the offense and over time now the kids are believing in it and feel confident.”

“The defense is stepping up, we are a lot more aggressive of defense.”

The win ups the River Kings record to 2-3 in the Mississippi Athletic Conference.

Clinton will celebrate it’s homecoming with a conference tilt against Bettendorf on Oct. 5.

Score by Quarters

Clinton 0 14 0 6 — 20

Davenport Central 0 7 0 0 — 7

Scoring

CL—Scott DeAngelis 8 pass from Jordan Camp (Kirndeep Sangha kick), 9:19 2nd.

DC—Jordan Martinez 21 pass from Alex Gowey (Blayne Lazenby kick), 6:45 2nd.

CL—David Johnson 5 pass from Camp (Sangha kick), :16 2nd.

CL—Tyler Redman 33 pass from Camp (run failed), 10:31 4th.

CLN CEN

First Downs19 9

Rushes-Yards 43-179 26-77

Passing Yards128 103

Comp-Att-Int 11-17-0 9-24-2

Punts-Average 3-33.7 2-33.5

Fumbles-Lost2-2 4-3

Penalties-Yards 7-55 6-46.5

Individual Leaders

Rushing—Clinton: David Johnson 31-130, Jordan Camp 6-8, Scott DeAngelis 2-16, Nick Vidal 3-21, Ben Carr 1-4. Central: McKinzie Jackson 13-67, Alex Gowey 5-20, Jimmy Wiebler 1-8, Ben Whitford 7-22.

Passing—Clinton: Camp 11-17-128-0. Central: Gowey 9-24-103-2.

Receiving—Clinton: Tyler Redman 4-64, DeAngelis 3-21, Keaton Connell 2-22, Johnson 1-6, Jon Borah 1-5. Central: Jordan Martinez 5-74, Stephen Quist 1-16, Blayne Lazenby 1-6, Jimmy Wiebler 1-5, Jackson 1-2.

Records—Clinton 2-3, Davenport Central 0-5. Next—Bettendorf at Clinton, Oct. 5.

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