High School Sports

Clover crushes Ashbrook

CLOVER -- The Clover Blue Eagles improved to 2-0 on the year with a 40-21, non-region romp over Gastonia's Ashbrook High School.

Clover amassed 529 yards of total offense, including a second-straight week of 300-plus rushing yards. The Blue Eagles finished with 414 on the ground.

Senior wingback Steven Sanders led the way with 176 yards on just 13 carries. Fellow senior Chris Douglas ran for 87.

Clover's wing-T offense has a "four-headed monster," according to coach Jet Turner. The other two members of the monster are Tyron Douglas and Ricky Moore. Douglas finished with 74 yards on nine carries. Moore added 31 yards and two touchdowns.

Johntavious McCoulley hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass on the Blue Eagles' first drive. He beat defensive back Ryan Gordon on the fly pattern for the score.

Moore capped the Blue Eagles second drive with a 2-yard run. The eight-play drive covered 66 yards.

Clover went ahead 21-0 in the second quarter when Chris Douglas threw a halfback option pass to a wide-open Montae Monroe. The play resulted in a 59-yard touchdown.

Tyron Douglas scored on a 44-yard scamper at the two-minute mark of the first half, and Clover led 27-0.

Giving up 21 second-half points was not pleasing to Turner.

"Give Ashbrook a lot of credit. They didn't give up," Turner said. "They have a good team, and we gave up some big plays in the second half.

"We have to start playing for 48 minutes instead of 24 or we are going to get our feelings hurt down the road," Turner added. "The big plays we allowed are definitely a concern, and its something we will correct."

Clover scored on its first possession of the third quarter when Moore found the end zone after a 6-yard run. The touchdown gave the Blue Eagles a 33-0 edge.

Ashbrook got the first of their three big plays on the first play following Clover's kickoff. Ocie McElhaney's first carry on the game appeared to be stopped at the line of scrimmage before he wriggled free, moved to his right and dashed 67 yards for a Greenwave score.

Ashbrook needed just one play on their next possession to tack on another score. Quarterback Gabe Beverly threw a long pass to wide receiver Jheranie Boyd for a 62-yard touchdown. The two hooked up again midway through the fourth quarter on a 46-yard scoring pass. Boyd, a high jumper on the track team, leaped high over the Clover defender to make the catch at the 16 yard-line and then ran into the end zone.



Clover 40

Ashbrook 21