The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

October 26, 2013

Prep football: Indians end rough season with a win

CAMANCHE — In terms of record, Friday night’s game meant little to the Camanche Indians, given that they could neither earn a trip to the playoffs nor notch a district victory. But that was hardly a concern to them.

Far more important to the Indians was what a win would mean to their senior players in the final game of their high school football careers. After everything the seniors had given, the Indians believed they deserved to taste success one last time, and they had no intentions of wasting that opportunity against Columbus Junction.

From the opening play on Friday night, the Indians made it clear just how much their seniors mean to them.

Senior Easton McDaniel took the opening kickoff back 60 yards for a touchdown to give Camanche a lead it would never lose, and junior Brady Beal added three touchdowns to keep the Indians in control. When all was said and done, the Indians had a hard-fought 35-26 victory over the Wildcats, and Camanche had every reason to smile as it ended its season on a positive note.

“I was really pleased with the team’s effort,” Camanche coach Steve Dougherty said. “I think we had a little more emotion on our side, because these kids love this senior class and know how hard they’ve worked for four years. The opportunity to send them off with a win was really important, and we noticed walking out onto the field that there was a little bounce in their steps. We could tell we were in for a good game tonight.”

Beal and the Indians’ offensive line were a large reason why Camanche (2-7) was able to stave off every comeback Columbus (1-8) made. From the beginning, the Indians decided to lean on Beal as their answer to Wildcats star running back Maurico Ramirez, and Beal answered at every opportunity.

Text Only
Sports
  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears bring high hopes to '14 camp BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery understands expectations are soaring. He’s not backing away from them, either.The Bears are aiming high, hoping to return to the NFL playoffs after missing out for the sixth time in se

    July 24, 2014

  • LUMBERKINGS Barbosa uses past as motivation CLINTON — Clinton LumberKings outfielder Aaron Barbosa is just like one of the guys, but his path to Clinton is unlike the others.Barbosa was undrafted after playing his college baseball at Northeastern University, but he had a chance to display his

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, LumberKings pitcher Homestand starts with a victory CLINTON — Eddie Campbell allowed one run in his sixth quality start of the year Wednesday as Clinton opened a six-game homestand against the best two teams from the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 4-2 win against West Michigan at Ashford Uni

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sky edges Fever ROSEMONT, Ill. — Sylvia Fowles knew she had to step up for her struggling team. Her teammates have said they need her, and her coach has challenged her.Fowles responded with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Chicago Sky to a 6

    July 23, 2014

  • Sharp increase in teen use NEW YORK — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national su

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Best of the East enters town today CLINTON — After seeing some new scenery in the eastern portion of the Midwest League, the Clinton LumberKings are back home to welcome the top two teams from the opposite division — the West Michigan Whitecaps, who have won on average six out of ever

    July 23, 2014

  • Paterno's son sues Penn State over dismissal STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.Former

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 1B-Photo, Cubs Rizzo homers twice CHICAGO — If it was a sneak preview of the future at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, then Chicago Cubs fans can’t wait for the sequel.Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and 24-year-old Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings for his fi

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports