CLOVER -- Riding the momentum of last week's incredible game with South Point, the Clover Blue Eagles shift their focus to Gastonia's Ashbrook Friday night.
Kickoff for the non-region battle is 7:30 p.m. at Ashbrook.
"It was an exciting season opener for the fans," head coach Jet Turner said of the Blue Eagles' 48-42 win over the Red Raiders.
With a storybook finish behind them, the Blue Eagles expect a battle when the team bus unloads a short distance from the state border.
Ashbrook was unable to recover from six turnovers in last week's 26-10 loss to West Charlotte.
"They shot themselves in the foot," Turner said. "A lot of teams do that the first game of the season."
Said Turner, "They are a heck of a team. They'll be ready for us."
The Green Wave held their opponent scoreless in the second half and stayed within striking distance after wideout Jheranie Boyd scored on an 80-yard run.
Ashbrook's other score came on a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Cullum.
The Green Wave threatened on several occasions but couldn't overcome the team's six miscues.
Clover's narrow win Friday over highly-regarded South Point will long be remembered as a classic opening-season game at Memorial Stadium.
The Red Raiders' exciting style of play came as no surprise to Turner.
"They had nine starters returning on offense," Turner said. "That's a bad recipe.
"It was a big win for us," he continued. "Our kids didn't hang their heads when they got behind. They made the plays."
The momentum-shifting play of the game that put Clover in the driver's seat was a fourth quarter onsides kick following a 30-yard touchdown run by Tyron Douglas to tie the game.
"I told the players we were gonna get the ball back," Turner said of the bold call from the sidelines.
"I've said before that I don't care if the score's 3-2 or 50-49 as long as we win," declared Turner. "I think the players took it literally."
Senior standout Ricky Moore, who makes his presence felt on both sides of the ball, was all smiles after the game.
"We kept fighting back and never gave up," he said. "We played with a lot of heart and that will win for you."
Said Moore in issuing praise to the Blue Eagles' opening-season opponent, "They were amazing."
Douglas, who had 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score, became South Point's worst nightmare.
"It felt good scoring the winning touchdown," the junior fullback said.
First-year starter Aaron Miller showcased his dual-threat quarterback skills and excuted a fake punt that kept a drive alive, scrambling to his left and completing a 32-yard toss to dangerous receiver Chris Lindsay.
Miller also had a 41-yard TD pass to Lindsay.
"It felt great out there tonight," he said. "The line and the backs blocking helped my confidence."
Other scoring for Clover included 18 and 2-yard TD runs by Moore and an 80-yard burst by the speedy Max Elliot.
The Blue Eagles rushed for 527 yards and had 102 yards through the air in amassing 629 yards of offense.
Moore and Elliot joined Douglas in 100-plus yard rushing totals, Moore with 160 and Elliot 106.
Senior left tackle Kenny Dockal, who stands 5-foot-10 and tips the scales at 243 pounds, said the offensive line met the challenge.
"We had great communication," he noted. "The blocking was good."
South Point had a productive offense that produced 405 yards rushing and 84 through the air.
Jessee McGaha had 161 yards rushing, Desmond Lowery 132 and Aaron Crumbley 100 for the Red Raiders.