ELDRIDGE — The Clinton River Kings ran out of time and big plays in a failed comeback attempt against North Scott in a Mississippi Athletic Conference matchup Friday.

Trailing 10-0 at the half the River Kings fought back, but fell short in a 16-14 loss.

North Scott took the opening kickoff and started a drive from their own 32-yard line. Relying heavily on the run the Lancers marched down the field gaining four first downs. North Scott running back Brooks Smith crossed the goal line from four yards out on the 11th play of the drive to give the Lancers the early 7-0 advantage.

The River Kings first possession of the game was a three and out, as they failed to gain a first down on one run and two pass plays. Clinton was forced to give the ball back to the Lancers.

Clinton head coach Lee Camp thought his team was physically outplayed in the early giong.

“We didn’t really get ready to go in the first half,” Camp commented. “North Scott was a little more physical than I thought they would be. Maybe that shell-shocked us a little bit.”

The Lancers second drive started at their own 47-yard line and once again marched it down the field. The Clinton defense stiffened though and North Scott was left to attempt a 23 yard field goal. The Dan Biddick attempt was good and the Lancers led 10-0 after two drives.

The River Kings had more success on their next drive gaining a first down on a 17 yard run by David Johnson. The drive would once again stall and Clinton was forced to punt again.

The Lancers started a drive on their own 13-yard line and had some success running the ball moving the ball to near midfield. On a 1st down North Scott quarterback Andrew Hartvigsen dropped back to pass and was sacked by Clinton seniors Chad Rallie and Byron Tate for a loss of nine yards.

The Lancers were forced to punt the ball away to the River Kings. Though North Scott had moved the ball the stop gave Clinton some much needed confidence.

Clinton started a drive at their own 7-yard line and proceeded to pick up three downs. With the ball at North Scott’s 40-yard line the River Kings appeared to be threatening. North Scott junior Blake Anderson picked off a Jordan Camp pass to quell the threat.

The Clinton defense rose up again stopped a North Scott drive late in the first half. The River Kings tried to mount a drive before the end of the half but ran out of time and the half ended with North Scott holding a 10-0 advantage.

The River Kings came out in the second half looking for a spark to ignite a comeback. That spark came in the form of sophomore Jake Mangler. On a third and seven play on the first drive of the second half Camp hit a streaking Mangler who raced down the sideline for the 82 yard scoring strike. With the Kirndeep Sangha extra point the River Kings trimmed the lead to 10-7.

The two teams exchanged three and outs on the next two drives.

North Scott started to march down the field again picking up a couple first downs on the ground. On a third and six play Rallie came up big again sacking Hartvigsen for a five yard loss. The third quarter came to a close with the momentum swinging in favor of the River Kings.

It would not last long ,however, as Clinton could not muster a first down on the ensuing drive and was forced to punt. Smith took the return at the 47-yard line and raced around the left side to pay dirt to take the momentum back and up the lead to 16-7.

After another set of stalled drives Clinton got the ball back at their own 31-yard line. On third and 10 Camp hit David Johnson on a fly pattern and Johnson did the rest, out running two defenders for the score. With the margin cut to two the River Kings needed another three and out.

North Scott did not cooperate as they marched down the field running valuable time off the clock in the process.

Clinton’s defense held though as a fourth and 11 pass into the endzone and sure touchdown was broken up by Kaleb Frazier to give the River Kings hope.

Clinton employed a hurry up offense to try and drive the 90 yards needed to score. Picking up first downs on catches by Tyler Redman and Mangler the River Kings started to drive. After four incompletions though Clinton ran out of downs and the ball went back to North Scott who knelt on the ball the end the game.

“They (North Scott) played hard but our kids regrouped and did a nice job coming back,” Camp said of the near comeback. “We bounced back and made adjustments and battled hard. We needed a few inches here and there and it would have been better.”

Score by Quarters

Clinton 0 0 7 7 — 14

North Scott 10 0 0 6 — 16


NS—Brooks Smith 4 run (Dan Biddick kick), 6:27 1st.

NS—Dan Biddick 23 field goal, 0:52 1st.

C—Jake Mangler 82 pass from Jordan Camp (Kirndeep Sangha kick), 10:38 3rd.

NS—Smith 47 punt return (kick failed), 10:35 4th.

C—David Johnson 69 pass from Camp (Sangha kick), 6:41 4th.


First Downs 8 15

Rushes-Yards 22-47 47-177

Passing Yards 209 68

Comp-Att-Int 6-16-1 6-10-0

Punts-Average 4-33.5 4-39.75

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 2-13 5-30

Individual Leaders

Rushing—Clinton: Ben Carr 3-26, Nick Vidal 4-20, Scott DeAngelis 2-10, David Johnson 10-0, Jordan Camp 3-(-9). North Scott: Brooks Smith 19-99, Garrett Hamilton 14-50, Tommy Mitchell 3-16, Andrew Hartvigsen 10-10.

Passing—Clinton: Camp 5-15-1-202, Johnson 1-1-0-7. North Scott: Hartvigsen 6-10-0-68.

Receiving—Jake Mangler 2-94, Johnson 2-79, Tyler Redman 2-36. North Scott: Smith 2-11, Blake Anderson 1-30, Mike Bartel 1-14, Matt Petz 1-8, Elliott Schlabach.

Records—Clinton 2-5. North Scott 5-2. Next—Clinton at Davenport West, Friday.