CLINTON — The Clinton High School football team entered Friday night one win away from its best start to a season since 2010, when David Johnson led the 11-1 River Kings with over 1,000 yards and 27 rushing touchdowns.
On the opposing sideline, Davenport Assumption had not opened a season with a 1-4 record in over 10 years.
In other words, something had to give in the clash of Mississippi Athletic Conference and Class 3A District No. 5 foes.
The Knights were up to task.
Assumption (2-3) bounced back from a shaky opening month of the season to down Clinton 40-7 in the highly anticipated district-opening contest at Coan Field on the CHS campus.
The River Kings started on the right foot, taking the opening possession of the game 76 yards for a touchdown, as quarterback Kalvin Godette capped the 9-play drive with a 3-yard scoring scamper to give the home team an early 7-0 lead.
From there, a slew of penalties and turnovers combined for Clinton’s perfect storm. Godette threw four interceptions and the River Kings committed nine penalties for 100 yards.
The Knights scored their first touchdown late in the first quarter, following one of Adam Metivier’s two interceptions of the game, which gave Assumption quarterback Brandon Schlichting and company the ball just 14 yards from the endzone.
Schlichting scored his first of five total scores (three rushing, two passing) on the second play of the possession to bring the score to 7-6.
Assumption never looked back from there.
Clinton allowed 40 unanswered points after its opening score, as the River Kings defense struggled to find a timely stop and the offense faltered on five possessions that leaked into Assumption territory.
Perhaps the most prevalent example of Clinton’s penalties came in the second quarter. The River Kings drove to the Assumption 30, just to commit back-to-back infractions (holding and unsportsmanlike conduct) to flip the field and force an egregious 3rd and 45.
Assumption then took the lead for good, as the Schlichting brothers (Brandon and Nathan) connected for a 21-yard score to take a 12-7 lead.
The Knights then issued a costly blow in the closing moments of the first half, as Schlichting dodged Clinton defenders for a 10-yard touchdown rush with six seconds left in the second quarter to extend Assumption’s lead to 19-7.
Clinton trailed by just two scores at halftime, 19-7, but the Knights unleashed a methodical 12-play, 72-yard scoring drive (including 10 rushes) to extend the lead to 26-7 while swallowing nearly six minutes of game time.
Clinton returns to action Friday night to face another district opponent in Clear Creek-Amana while Assumption hosts Central DeWitt.
District loss for Indians
TIPTON—The Camanche Indians put up as many points as they have all year, but that wasn’t enough as they fell to the Tipton Tigers in the first week of district play.
The 61-34 defeat marks the second in a row for Camanche.
The Indians falls to 2-3 and will take on Louisa-Muscatine at home next week.
Rebels fall on road
DYERSVILLE—Northeast scored twice, but allowed 41 points and fell in the first week of district play to Dyersville Beckman 41-14.
The Rebels are still looking for their first win of the season. They have yet to be shutout, but have lost by 10 or more points every week.
Northeast falls to 0-5 and will return home next Friday to take on Cascade.
DEWITT—The Central DeWitt football team wasn’t prepared for North Scott, who came in and dominated the Sabers 35-7 on Friday night at home.
The Lancers came into the contest winning their last three, as did the Sabers.
Central DeWitt falls to 3-2 and will travel to Davenport Assumption (2-3) next week.
Thunder shut out
GALENA—The West Carroll football team has had trouble scoring all year, and it was the same story in Week 5 of the season Friday.
They marked a 10-0 shutout loss to Galena on the road.
They fall to 1-5 on the season.