CLOVER -- Numbers do not always tell the story in a football game, but in the case of the Forestview (N.C.) Jaguars game against the Clover Blue Eagles, the first half stats were very telling.
Clover had 16 first downs to Forestview's three, and 264 total yards to the Jaguars' 68. The Blue Eagles went on to win 34-0 and move to 3-0.
Clover's ball control offense was rolling in the first quarter, possessing the ball for more than 10:30 on two scoring drives. Chris Douglas scored on runs of 5 and 2 yards to cap those drives. Clover led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Clove mixed in some short passes as well. Matt Endicott completed a number of short passes that kept drives going, including a completion to Douglas that picked up a first down on third-and-23.
The Jaguars, at times, had all 11 defenders within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, but still struggled to slow down Clover's wing-T. The Blue Eagles scored in the second quarter on an 8-yard run by Steven Sanders and two field goals by Matthew Patterson from 37 and 44 yards.
The third and fourth quarters showcased the Blue Eagles' defense, which kept Jaguars quarterback Preston Lyon scrambling and held Forestview's runners to 56 yards on 25 carries. The Blue Eagles' 0defense also had two sacks and three turnovers.
With four minutes left, Clover got its last score on a 6-yard run by Montae Moore.
Chris Douglas rushed 16 times for 90 yards and had two receptions for 40 yards. Matt Endicott was 9-for-12 passing for 109 yards.
"We're getting a little bit better every week," Clover coach Jet Turner said. He also added that his defense raised its intensity after having a letdown against Ashbrook last week.
Clover travels to Broome next Friday.
Forestview 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Clover 14 13 0 7 -- 34
First downs 7 23
Rushes-yards 25-56 57-256
Comp-Att-Int 6-19-1 9-12-0
Passing yards 58 109
Fumbles-lost 2-2 3-0
Penalties-yards 6-65 6-50