. The Clover Blue Eagles finished the North Carolina portion of their football season Friday night with a lackluster 20-13 win over Forestview, giving them a clean sweep of the Tar Heel state this season.
Clover knocked off Belmont's South Point and Gastonia's Ashbrook the past two weeks to start its season and its running game collected 242 yards to provide the sweep.
"We shot ourselves in the foot so much," said Clover head coach Jet Turner. "I'm surprised we won. I'm proud of the victory. They (Forestview) kept fighting and turned it into a barn burner."
The Blue Eagles marched 63 yards on six running plays on the opening drive with senior B.J. Hinton scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run. Hinton finished with 74 yards on 11 carries.
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On its second drive, Clover scored in five plays as junior Trey Childress broke free on a 26-yard run for the touchdown. He missed the extra point kick.
Clover took advantage of two off-sides penalties to keep its third drive of the opening quarter moving. Senior quarterback Aaron Miller did not complete a pass on the drive. The Blue Eagles stalled around midfield, forcing them to punt.
Miller led the Blue Eagles on offense with 91 yards on 21 carries.
The Blue Eagles defense held Forestview to just six plays in the opening quarter.
Clover's offense sputtered in the second quarter and Forestview struggled even more as punts gave Clover ample opportunity to score.
The Blue Eagles, however, couldn't make anything of their opportunities, coughing up the ball on two occasions.
Clover allowed just one Forestview first down and only 35 yards of offense in the first half.
Clover's defense in the second half, however, was not as dominating. The Blue Eagles were called for six second-half penalties for 55 yards. The offense turned the ball over three times in the game.
Forestview moved ball down the field on a 21-yard run by Octavious Wallace, and a penalty for a horse-collar tackle against Clover put Forestview across the 50-yard line. Forestview's drive ended, however, when Clover recovered a fumble at the 28-yard line.
The Jaguars scored midway through the third quarter, when Wallace ran around the right side for 68 yards.
The touchdown run came on the third play of the drive for Forestview.
Penalties stalled Blue Eagle drives several times in the second half.
Eventually, Clover answered Forestview's score, when the Blue Eagles went 80 yards on 14 plays, eating up seven minutes of the clock. Zavian Sherer scored from 11 yards out.
Forestview took its first series in the fourth quarter and went 56 yards, ending with Wallace scoring his second touchdown on a 30-yard run.
The score pulled the Jaguars within a touchdown, leading the Blue Eagles to try to control the clock. Clover fumbled the ball with 2:23 left in the game.
Clover took advantage of Forestview penalties on its last drive and held them on a fourth and four at the 28-yard line.
CLOVER 20, FORESTVIEW (N.C.) 13
C -- B.J. Hinton 16 run (Trey Childress kick)
C -- Childress 26 run (kick failed)
F -- Octavious Wallace 68 run (kick failed)
C -- Zavian Sherer 11 run (Childress kick)
F -- Wallace 30 run (Cody Bridges kick)
Rushing -- Forestview: Octavious Wallace 11-167, Tyerecas Jeter 8-11, Calvin Johnson 3-15, Ridge Garvin 1-2, Dominique Adams 1-(-1). Clover: Aaron Miller 21-91, B.J. Hinton 11-74, Zavian Sherer 5-27, Quontavious Kennedy 4-7, Trey Childress 4-40, Courtland Bailey 1-3.
Passing -- Forestview: Johnson 3-16-0 34. Clover: Miller 2-8-0 24.
Receiving -- Forestview: Garvin 2-32, Wallace 1-2. Clover: Casey Snipes 1-9, Sherer 1-15.
Records: Forestview 1-2, Clover 3-0