CLOVER — Clover pride never dies.
The Blue Eagles sent that message to the home crowd one week removed from suffering a 63-0 loss. Ryan Moore's 99-yard touchdown run served as the signature play for Clover in a 35-16 win against the Forestview (N.C.) Jaguars on Friday.
Clover (1-1) finished with 342 rushing yards, and Moore led the way with 161 yards and three touchdowns.
"That's the kind of Clover football I'm used to seeing on the field," first-year coach John Devine said. "We played hard, and we played physical."
The Blue Eagles' defense also rediscovered its mojo. Jaitaivius Littlejohn and Trenton Hartis helped bottle up Forestview standout Octavious Wallace, who had 216 rushing yards in Week 0 against Nation Ford. Wallace finished with 129 yards, but it took 34 carries.
"We didn't help them out," Devine said. "We are proud of them on defense. We really stepped it up."
The Blue Eagles opened with a five-play, 55-yard drive, capped with a timely pitch from Ta Long to LaDarius Adams for a 6-yard touchdown. Long added an 87-yard touchdown on a keeper in the second quarter, and kicker Austin Schlirf improvised with a 2-point conversion pass to Moore for a 15-0 lead.
Forestview (0-2) broke the shutout with a safety, but Clover's Trey Childress ended the ensuing drive with an interception.
CLOVER 35, FORESTVIEW 16
C - LaDarius Adams 6 run (Austin Schlirf kick)
C - Ta Long 87 run (Schlirf conversion pass to Ryan Moore)
FV - Safety Nick Long tackled Ta Long in end zone
C - Ryan Moore 2 run (Schlirf kick)
FV - Dominique Adams 8 run (Colton Rouse kick)
C - Moore 99 run (Kick failed)
FV - Adams 80 kick return (Rouse kick)
C - Moore 25 run (Schlirf kick)
6-15-1, 53 yards
1-4-0, 4 yards.
RUSHING - Forestview: Octavious Wallace 34-129, Adams 6-18, Isaiah McCaskill 4-12, Montavis Rogers 1-13, Logan Bradley 3-(-27), Jesse Lawing 1-(-13), Tristan Buchanan 2-6. Clover: Moore 12-161, Long 15-89, Adams 2-78, Desmond Wright 2-14, Trey Childress 1-2, Scott Jackson 2-0, Dekevis Adams 1-(-2).
PASSING - Forestview: Bradley 6-15-1, 53 yards. Clover: Long 1-4-0, 4 yards.
RECEIVING - Forestview: McCaskill 2-22, Mykelti Armstrong 2-10, Rogers 1-19, Jevaughn Starr 1-2. Clover: Justin Cates 1-4.
Records: Forestview 0-2; Clover 1-1.