Clinton capitalizes on mistakes, runs away with 30-7 win over Brandon (photos)

BRANDON — Clinton feasted on Brandon’s mistakes Friday night as the Arrows were able to run past the Bulldogs 30-7 in the season opener at Bulldog Stadium in the 76th all-time meeting between the two teams.

The visiting team has now won six straight in the series.

“Our kids were really juiced up and we caught some breaks early and were able to capitalize,” said Clinton coach Judd Boswell. “Defensively we were solid. Those cats are talented, and our defense is really fast, physical and love to play football.”

The Arrows (1-0) struck first on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Miller to Carsson Deyoung with 4:07 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

After a Brandon fumble, Miller scored on a 2-yard run to extend the Clinton lead to 14-0 with 2:52 left in the opening quarter.

The Arrows opened the second quarter with two touchdowns in a minute and 21 second span.

The first score came on an 11-yard pass from Miller to Michael Hughes with 11:07 remaining to extend the Clinton lead to 20-0.

After Brandon fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Montavious Warren scored on a 1-yard run to make it 27-0 with 9:40 remaining.

Price Nixon booted a 41-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the half to give Clinton a 30-7 lead.

“Offensively we were able to put up big points and that’s something we didn’t have last year,” Boswell said. “I’m super proud of the kids they fought their tails off, but we got to get better and keep rolling next week.”

Miller finished the night 8-of-15 passing for 74 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 54 yards rushing with a touchdown on 12 carries.

The Clinton defense held Brandon to just 162 yards total and just 11 yards passing.

“I think as a team we’ve made a lot of strides week to week and we came out strong early. The defense is something last year,” Miller said. “We got a great defense. Offensively we’ve made strides in the passing game and it helped us big time tonight.”

Ozarrio Smith had 118 yards rushing to lead Brandon (0-1). His 74-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the lone Bulldog touchdown.

“Credit to them they did a heckuva job taking advantage of our mistakes,” said Brandon coach Tyler Peterson. “Our defense did a good job with their backs against the wall most of the night. We will improve and got a lot of youth and inexperience that needs to grow up and get experience quickly.”

— Brandon Shields

PHOTO GALLERY BY KEITH WARREN:

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