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CHS entertains Nation Ford on Senior Night

Clover's Tyron Douglas runs the ball against Northwestern Friday in Rock Hill.
Clover's Tyron Douglas runs the ball against Northwestern Friday in Rock Hill.

CLOVER -- Seeking to rebound from a gut-wrenching loss to the state's No. 4 ranked team, the Clover High School Blue Eagles host Nation Ford in the final regular-season home game.

Kickoff for the Region 3-AAAA clash is set for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

With playoff berths and seedings to be determined the next three weeks, CHS head coach Jet Turner places emphasis on Thursday night.

"This is a huge game for us in the region," Turner said before Monday practice. "It's a big game, and it's Senior Night."

Turner said Nation Ford will use multiple offensive schemes at the point of attack.

"They have a 6-foot-5 quarterback who throws the ball all over the place," the CHS coach said of the Falcons. "They also have a great receiver and linebacker."

The Fort Mill-based Falcons are in their second year of playing football, having encountered an independent schedule last season.

After being placed in Region 3-AAAA following South Carolina High School League realignment, the Falcons have won two nonregion games this season.

CHS senior Josh Clawson has a mature approach to the game and rest of the season.

"We can't take any team lightly," Clawson said. "We have to take it game by game and be ready to play. Every region game is important."

Defensive tackle Dominque Phillips said playing together is a key to the Blue Eagles' stretch run.

"Everybody needs to be on the same page," he said. "The defense needs to get after it and get to the ball."

The Blue Eagles extended highly-touted Northwestern to the limit before bowing 17-13 in a closely-contested region showdown last week.

"Our kids laid it on the line after falling behind 10-0," observed Turner. "They played hard and came up one play short.

"We made too many mistakes. Northwestern is a great team," he said.

Clawson lauded the defensive effort of his teammates.

"That's the best defense we've played all year," the senior leader said. "If we can play that well on defense the rest of the season, we'll be fine."

The Blue Eagles fell behind early at Northwestern, spotting the Trojans 10 points off two first-quarter fumbles.

Clover dotted the scoreboard on a 27-yard TD run by the elusive Tyron Douglas with 4:03 left until halftime.

The Blue Eagles scored less than two minutes into the third quarter following a Ricky Moore interception.

Douglas penetrated the end zone from the two yards out, staking the visitors in blue to a 13-10 lead.

But the Trojans answered.

Facing fourth-and-10 with 8:15 left in the third quarter, Worley heaved a 27-yard TD pass to Codarrelle Patterson for what proved to be the winning points.