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September 6, 2011

Ashbrook tops Clover following days, delays, and 3 overtimes

In what turned out to be a marathon football game, which started Friday and saw another hour delay because of weather Monday night, 48 minutes of regulation still wasn't enough time for either Ashbrook or Clover.

In what turned out to be a marathon football game, which started Friday and saw another hour delay because of weather Monday night, 48 minutes of regulation still wasn't enough time for either Ashbrook or Clover.

It took three overtimes for Ashbrook to win 10-7 by capitalizing on the Blue Eagles' mistakes.

There was a fumble in each overtime period. Clover coughed it up twice and Ashbrook once. The second Blue Eagles' fumble gave the Greenwave what they needed -- a third opportunity to score.

Ashbrook kicker Ross Taylor hit a 25-yard field goal to give the Greenwave the win.

"What hurt us was our execution in overtime," Clover coach John Devine said. "Our defense played their tail off. Offensively we didn't execute the way we are capable of. We didn't take care of the ball."

Torrential rains, tornado watches and flash flood warnings were all part of the pre-game festival at Clover Memorial Stadium.

The only thing missing to start was the lightning, which came at halftime, and caused another delay to a game already delayed three days.

The game was stopped for 66 minutes before the second half started.

The rain was so strong during the extra-long halftime that the windows in press box at Memorial Stadium started leaking and water trickled in.

The crowd of about 500 people trickled down to less than 100 by the start of the second half.

The field held up for the most part, despite all the rain.

Clover's junior quarterback, Ta Long, had a big 75-yard run on their first series in the third quarter to set up the Blue Eagles' touchdown.

Two plays later sophomore running back Ryan Moore found the end zone.

With conditions as poor as they were, most would think that one score would have done it.

It didn't.

Ashbrook came back on its next series, and on a busted play, tied up the game when Clover's defense had its first letdown. Greenwave senior Angelo Crawford slipped away from a couple tackles to score and tie the game with a 44-yard TD romp.

Both teams struggled to move the ball early on as the punters saw a lot of action in the opening quarter.

Clover, known for years as a running school, especially stuck to what they do best.

But the unsteady ground conditions made things harder than normal for the Blue Eagles in their attempts to gain yards.

Playing in similar conditions that stopped Friday's game, things picked up Monday night with Ashbrook getting the ball at Clover's 8, with the clock reading 9:52 in the first quarter.

Two plays into the resumed game, Clover junior Jevon Blake picked off a Greenwave pass to give the Blue Eagles the ball and stopped a huge scoring threat.

Clover didn't get a first down until 10 minutes left in the second quarter on a scramble by Long.

The Blue Eagles got a big break on a pass interference to get them to the Ashbrook's 15-yard line. Clover missed a 24-yard field goal.

Ashbrook also had chances to score, but a bad snap pushed Greenwave Clover's 11 to the Blue Eagles' to the 27. That set up a 43-yard field goal, which missed the intended target between the uprights.

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