DAVENPORT – The Clinton High School golf team fell in its first dual of the season, dropping to Davenport North in the narrow contest, 336-331.

River Kings coach Paul Niedermeyer was generally pleased with his team's performance in just the second competition of the season.

"Overall, it went pretty good... we knew it would be a tough match on their home course," Niedermeyer said. "We had four scores in the 80's so I am happy with that and we improved 30-plus shot from our first meet."

Sophomores Blake Behrens and Joe Simpson again led the way for Clinton, as Behrens shot an event-leading 80 while Simpson carded an 82.

Davenport North's Cody Burch and Nate Williams each shot 82 to tie for the team lead, as Bryan Verdon (83) and Blake Staughton (84) rounded out the Wildcats' scoring.

Zach Bohle and Tanner Dickherber were Clinton's other two golfers to factor into the scoring with a pair of 87's.

Niedermeyer said the focus as the season unfurls resides between the ears, as he is trying to encourage his team to refrain from overthinking the numbers.

"We want them to put scores out of their head and focus on hitting good shots and letting the score take care of itself," Niedermeyer said. 

Clinton returns to action with a pair of dual meets next week. The River Kings will travel to Eldridge to face North Scott on Monday before heading back to Davenport for a bout with Davenport Central.