There was a full moon over Clover’s Memorial Stadium on Friday night, and it was Clover blue before the evening was over as the home team fell 51-7 to the Spring Valley Vikings.
The loss drops the Blue Eagles to 0-3 on the season.
Clover’s offense was unable to get out of its own way and couldn’t hold onto the football from the start. The Blue Eagles totaled 12 yards and gained no first downs in the first half while losing three of their six fumbles and throwing one interception.
Clover fumbled an option pitch into the end zone for a safety to make it 9-0 and later fumbled another that was returned 31 yards for a touchdown that made it 23-0 in the first quarter.
Clover, which used to be known for its powerful running attack, only managed three yards rushing on 16 carries in the opening two quarters. The Vikings lit the scoreboard for 23 first-quarter points and led 37-0 at the half.
The Blue Eagles finished the game with 53 total yards, seven total fumbles (three lost), and two interceptions. They picked up their one and only first down of the ballgame with 3:52 remaining when running back Tanner Whitley shot through the line to gain 12 yards on his first carry.
Clover scored its only touchdown on defense when Owen Jefferies snatched the ball from the Vikings ball carrier with 9:57 remaining and rumbled 35 yards to the end zone.
The full moon must have affected both teams as Spring Valley lost four fumbles (three in the third quarter). Jakob Morrison was all over the field on defense for the Blue Eagles and had a fumble recovery as well. Javon Blake drilled the Spring Valley punter, who fumbled the snap, with 1:35 left in the first half to give Clover the ball at the Vikings’ 28.
However, two dropped passes and an interception thwarted the Blue Eagles best chance to score on offense.