Gaffney did it quickly. Clover did it slowly.
Neither team could stop the other's offense Friday night at The Reservation, but Clover's three turnovers on eight total possessions was the difference as Gaffney handed the Blue Eagles' their first loss of the season, 41-27.
"I feel like we got beat," Gaffney coach Dan Jones said. "But I look up there and we've got 41 points and we won."
Gaffney quarterback DeEdward Burris accounted for five of the Indians' six touchdowns. He rushed for 129 yards and three scores, and also passed for 248 yards and two more TDs. Both TD catches in the fourth quarter were by Khris Brown.
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Clover, with its run-dominated offense and multiple-back formations, rushed for 362 yards on 60 carries.
"It was just a different ball game," Jones said. "Our defensive coaches all have their heads down. But Clover does such a good job on their side of the ball with that offense. I'm sure they are feeling like they should have won the game."
Clover (7-1) nearly doubled Gaffney (5-2) in time of possession, 31:36 to 16:24. Two fumbles cost Blue Eagles, and they could never catch up.
"Those really hurt," Clover coach Jet Turner said. "When you play a great team like Gaffney, you need to get some breaks to go your way. It seemed like none did tonight. I thought our kids played hard and competed. Our kids fought the whole time. We just made too many mistakes."
Clover opened with a 10-play drive and fumbled in the red zone. The Blue Eagles went 11 plays on their next series, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Aaron Miller. The third series was another fumble in Gaffney territory. The Indians, despite just three possessions and a Hail Mary in the first half, led 14-7.
Gaffney led in total yardage at the break, 239 to 215, but 161 came on three plays: a 54-yard touchdown run by Burris, a 57-yard scoring run by C.J. Miller and a 50-yard final pass to Quinshad Davis from Burris inside the 5 as time ran out.
Davantay Brown led Clover with 138 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Blue Eagles had an eight-minute drive in the second quarter but had to settle for a field goal with 6.8 seconds left.
"People say, 'Well, you don't see that kind of offense much,'" Jones said. "But I don't know if it matters how much you see it. Everything you do, they have an answer. I feel for the rest of the region teams who still have to play them. I'm just glad we don't."
Gaffney was able to overcome 11 penalties for 138 yards. The Indians were flagged seven times for personal fouls.