CLINTON — The Clinton River Kings celebrated Senior Night in style with a 40-21 victory over Davenport North in their season finale, Friday.

Behind a record setting night by senior quarterback Jordan Camp the River Kings overcame a slow start and early deficit to register the teams third win on the season.

Camp passed for 361 yards, shattering his own single game passing yardage record of 257 yards, set earlier this season. Camp also broke the schools single season passing yardage record with 1526 yards, previously set by Kyle Gorsh in 1995. With five touchdown passes on the evening Camp also tied the schools record for most touchdown passes in a game.

The River Kings stumbled out of the gate as the first three plays of the game were an incompletion, a run for no gain and a botched shotgun snap. The River Kings punted from their three yard line giving Davenport North the ball with great field position.

The Wildcats took advantage of the opportunity scoring on their first play from scrimmage. Junior Blake White raced around the left side for a 21 yard score two minutes into the game.

The River Kings second drive did not fare much better than their first. A David Johnson 16 yard reception gave Clinton a first down and some confidence. The River Kings fumbled on a second and ten play and North recovered once again setting them up with nice field position. The Wildcats stalled though, committing three penalties to kill the drive.

Clinton began a drive at their own 13-yard line and proceeded to march the ball down the field. The River Kings moved the chains four times during the drive before Johnson punched it in from the 2-yard line to tie the score late in the first quarter.

Davenport North was not allowed past the fifty on their next drive and were forced to punt.

The River Kings wasted little time in scoring again as Camp hit Scott DeAngelis for 16 yards on the opening play. Johnson ran for nine yards on first and 10. Camp hit junior Tyler Redman for 26 yards, then the duo hooked up for a five yard touchdown strike on the next play to give Clinton a 14-7 lead.

The River King defense held the Wildcats to a three and out on the next series setting the home team up with good field position.

Clinton picked up a couple of first downs, before the Davenport North defense forced a fourth and 11 play from the Wildcat 20-yard line.

The River Kings went for broke and it paid off as Camp hit Johnson for the score putting Clinton up 21-7.

Davenport North answered just over a minute later as Justin Brown completed a pass to a streaking Alec Fetterer for a 56 yard touchdown strike.

On the next River King drive Camp completed three passes covering 44 yards the last being a 27 yard scoring strike to Redman with 1:47 remaining in the half.

The Wildcats wasted little time in marching down the field. Clinton’s Byron Tate sacked Brown for a seven yard loss, but North completed a 27 yard pass on third and 17 to keep the drove alive. The Wildcats found the end zone on the next play to narrow the Clinton lead to 28-21 heading into the locker room.

Those were the last points that Davenport North would score on the night as the Clinton defense came out of the intermission playing inspired football.

The teams each punted twice to begin the half as either offense struggled to get anything going.

The Wildcats started a drive near midfield running for six yards on first down. On the next play Brown attempted a shovel pass that was deflected and Clinton’s Stephen McEleney grabbed it out of the air to give the River Kings the ball with a short field.

On the next play Camp hit Redman again for a 52 yard bomb to give Clinton the 34-21 advantage.

On the next North drive Clinton forced another turnover recovering a fumble deep in their own territory.

The River Kings capitalized again on the Wildcat miscue. Clinton picked up four first downs on the drive, capping it off with a Camp to Keaton Connell touchdown pass to balloon the lead to 40-21.

After alternating punts Davenport North began to drive down the field trying to get back into the game. The Clinton defense pinned its ears back and went after Brown as sophomore Austin Krick and senior Ben Carr each recorded a sack on the drive to effectively end the Wildcats hopes of a comeback. The River Kings ran time off of the clock to seal the 40-21 victory.

Senior defensive lineman Byron Tate credited his team’s success to good play on both sides of the ball.

“The defense held and the offense scored points, we came in focused and did a good job,” said Tate. “We tired down their offensive line and once we shut the run down, we came together as a team and put them away.”

Senior quarterback Jordan Camp felt the River Kings heads were in the right place coming into the season finale.

“We came in focused,” Camp said. “It’s our last game playing together and it’s all about team. I’m going to miss these guys a lot, but it feels great to go out with a win.”

“We started slow and gave them an opportunity,” Clinton head coach Lee Camp said of his team’s early struggles. “But once the offense got rolling we really took off. The line did a good job, the receivers ran good routes and Jordan threw some good balls.”

“In the second half the defense really got zeroed in and they played a whale of a game,” said Camp of unit who was without their leader for a second game in a row.

Defensive coordinator Larry Smrcka, who recently suffered a heart attack, has been home recovering the last two games.

The River Kings close the season with a 3-6 record and Davenport North finishes 2-7.



Score by Quarters

Dav. North 7 14 0 0 — 21

Clinton 7 21 12 0 — 40

Scoring

DN—Blake White 21 run (Jared Frueh kick), 10:05 1st.

C—David Johnson 2 run (Kirndeep Sangha kick), 1:30 1st.

C—Tyler Redman 5 pass from Jordan Camp (Sangha kick), 9:10 2nd.

C—Johnson 20 pass from Camp (Sangha kick), 4:29 2nd.

DN—Alec Fetterer 56 pass from Justin Brown (Frueh kick), 3:14 2nd.

C—Redman 27 pass from Camp (Sangha kick), 1:47 2nd.

DN—B. White 17 pass from Brown (Frueh kick), 0:06 2nd.

C—Redman 52 pass from Camp (kick failed), 4:07 3rd.

C—Keaton Connell 27 pass Camp (pass failed), 0:00 3rd.

NOR CLI

First Downs 12 24

Rushes-Yards 37-133 22-82

Passing Yards 165 361

Comp-Att-Int 8-16-1 21-34-0

Punts-Average 6-36.8 4-30.5

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 7-65 8-57

Individual Leaders

Rushing—Davenport North: Blake White 14-92, Jason White 6-24, Justin Brown 12-21, Thomas Haut 4-(-8). Clinton: David Johnson 10-42, Nick Vidal 3-31, Derek Milder 4-11, Scott DeAngelis 2-3, Ben Carr 1-1, Jordan Camp 2-(-16).

Passing—Davenport North: Brown 8-16-165-1. Clinton: Camp 21-34-361-0.

Receiving—Davenport North: Alec Fetterer 3-77, B. White 3-50, Armani Butler 2-3. Clinton: DeAngelis 7-87, Tyler Redman 6-148, Johnson 3-54, Keaton Connell 3-28, Jake Mangler 1-15.

Records—Davenport North 2-7 Mississippi Athletic Conference, Clinton 3-6.