MUSCATINE — Ty McGruder helped break the game open when he returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and Clinton ended its football season with its second consecutive win Friday night.
Brennen Lemke threw three touchdown passes and McGruder scored twice in Clinton's 27-7 win against Muscatine. The win left the River Kings with a 3-6 record, including a 2-3 mark in district play.
The River Kings never trailed, and a goal-line stand in the first quarter played a key role in the victory.
The Muskies had a first-and-goal at the Clinton 2-yard line, but the River Kings held and got the ball on downs. The offense then drove 95 yards for the opening score. Lemke and McGruder connected on a 56-yard pass play, and Lemke's kick made it 7-0 at the 2:24 mark of the first quarter.
Muscatine came back and pulled even as Jackson Foulke scored on a 3-yard run, but the lead didn't last long.
Lemke completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Boysen that put Clinton on top to stay with 8:12 left in the first half.
McGruder's kickoff return made it 21-7 just 16 seconds into the second half.
Clinton capped the scoring on Lemke's third touchdown pass of the night. This time he found Jordin Parker on fourth down and they combined on a 40-yard TD play with 11:03 in the game.