CLOVER -- Placekicker Matthew Patterson broke two school records to lift Clover to a 16-14 Region 3-AAAA Homecoming win over Lancaster's Bruins on Friday night.
Patterson connected on field goals of 33, 37 and 47 yards to set a new Clover standard for most field goals in a single game. His 47-yard bomb just before the half gave Clover a 13-7 lead and proved to be a deciding factor for the Blue Eagles.
Lancaster (3-6 overall, 1-4 in Region 3-AAAA) tried a trick play in the closing seconds of the first half. With the ball at its 38, Lancaster coach Bennie McMurray called for a reverse. The first handoff was clean, but the second exchange was mishandled. Clover's Mario Everett recovered the fumble and returned it out of bounds to Lancaster's 30-yard line.
Clover coach Jet Turner wasted little time getting the field-goal unit out on the field. Patterson nailed the kick with six seconds left in the half.
"I didn't have time to think. We were sent out so quickly after the fumble," Patterson said. "It felt good off my foot. It hooked in at the last minute and went right down the middle."
Patterson, in just his second year on the football field, said his previous long was a 44-yarder this year. He came into the game with three made field goals this season.
"He crushed it," Clover coach Jet Turner said of his kicker. "He really came through for us. We feel good with him from 55 yards and in."
McMurray said he took a chance with the reverse play.
"We took a chance last week against Rock Hill, and it worked out. This time, it didn't," he said.
Clover took a 16-7 advantage on Patterson's final field goal late in the third quarter.
Taniel Massey got into a groove in the fourth period. The three-year starter missed on his first six passes of the second half. But he completed seven straight, including a 16-yard touchdown to Michael Catoe with 4:18 left, to make it a two-point game.
Massey finished 14-for-28 for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Clover's Mary Kay Doster was named Homecoming Queen.
CLOVER 16, LANCASTER 14
C — Matthew Patterson 33 field goal
C — Chris Douglas 5 run (Patterson kick)
L — DJ Cunningham 31 pass from Taniel Massey (Anna Funderburk kick)
C — Patterson 47 field goal
C — Patterson 37 field goal
L — Michael Catoe 16 pass from Taniel Massey (Funderburk kick)
RUSHING — Lancaster: Eric Buchanan 8-11, Taniel Massey 7-26, Jonathan McGriff 6-31, Wilric Waiters 1-(-1). Clover: Chris Lindsay 6-11, Ricky Moore 18-59, Steven Sanders 7-64, Chris Douglas 17-61, Matt Endicott 8-29.
PASSING — Lancaster: Massey 14-28-165-1. Clover: Endicott 6-7-63-0
RECEIVING — Lancaster: Kendrick Thompson 1-9, DJ Cunningham 6-80, Shane Carter 5-47, Michael Catoe 2-29. Clover: Johntavius McCoulley 1-21, Will Hall 1-7, R. Moore 2-25, C. Douglas 1-2, Chandler Killian 1-8.
RECORDS — Lancaster 3-6, 1-4 Region 3-AAAA; Clover 7-2, 3-1