Shakeem Dowdy rushed for 176 yards and a score to propel Clinton to a 42-21 win over Chester Friday at Wilder Stadium.
Dowdy led a committee of Red Devils backs that tallied 318 yards and five touchdowns on 60 carries.
Clinton (3-6, 3-1) closed the first half with 21 unanswered points while its defense forced three turnovers and two punts to build a 27-6 halftime lead.
We wanted to set a tone early with our defense and then help our defense with our offense, Clinton head coach Scott King said. We want to be the most physical team on the field each week and it looked like it worked out that way tonight.
Breshaud Parks put the Red Devils on top early, punching in a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.
Lorenzo White responded for Chester (3-6, 1-3) with a 51-yard touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive. A fumbled extra-point attempt kept Clinton on top.
Matthias Williams stretched the Red Devils lead with a 42-yard sprint to the end zone. Landon Allison then connected with Brett Burton on a 57-yard score to open a two-score lead.
Tommy Sanders and Jake Wright each threw an interception on the Cyclones next two drives. Clinton capitalized on the first with a 4-yard run by Parks before halftime.
Clinton fumbled away its opening possession of the second half setup Chester for a 19-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to Daryl Foster.
Clinton switched to its version of the wildcat offense to burn the clock and move down inside the Chester red zone where Dowdy answered with a 4-yard score.
Sanders found Quan Caldwell on a 19-yard touchdown for Chesters final score early in the fourth quarter. A 2-yard touchdown from Vee Thompson and a fumbled kick return by Chester sealed the win for the Red Devils.
We got some confidence right now, King said. Weve had injuries but we have people stepping up and playing in their place and thats what youve got to have to win. Were playing well.
Clinton hosts Woodruff Friday in the regular season finale with a second place in Region III-3A on the line. Chester will host Union County, looking to avoid falling into last place.