Clinton Community Schools
Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 27, 2023
- : 15
Clinton Football opened the MHSAA Playoffs at home against Blissfield for their 12th consecutive playoff appearance. Clinton had defeated Blissfield earlier in the season and knew it was going to be tougher the second time around. The Clinton offense churned out drive after drive, but penalties seemed to stall multiple drives. Clinton collected 11 penalties on the game and was still able to overcome the set backs to win the first round. Cole Breitenwischer opened the scoring for the game as he scored a 1 yard touchdown to put Clinton up 6-0 in the first quarter. Blissfield then started with formations and schemes they had not done year and marched down the field to put one of their own in the endzone. After the extra point kick, Blissfield took the lead 6-7. Something that did not happen in the first meeting with Clinton shutting them out in the first meeting. In the second quarter Wyatt Hicks booted a 29 yard field goal to put Clinton in the lead for good 9-7. After several adjustments Clinton shut the Royals down the rest of the game. Nik Shadley finished the scoring with 23 yard run for a touchdown to make the final score 15-9 Clinton to advance to the District Championships at home. Nik Shadley finished a season high 22 carries for 229 yards and a TD. Jake Felts had 60 yards on 12 carries, Cole Breitenwischer had 40 yards on 11 carries, Bryce Randolph had 17 yards on 2 carries, Andy Fair had 14 yards on 4 carries, and Joey Preston had 8 yards on 3 carries. Andy Fair was 3 for 8 passing for 92 yards and Nik Shadley was 1 for 1 for 9 yards passing. Nik Shadley caught two passes for 65 yards, Jake Felts caught a pass for 27 yards, and Joey Preston caught a pass for 9 yards. Overall Clinton had 368 yards rushing and 92 yards passing for 460 yards of offense. Pancake blocks were made by Teddy Pizio with 4, Tyrus Hayes, Wyatt Hicks, Nate Page, Jake Felts, Hamza Rafferty, and Cade Brighton all had one apiece.
Defensively Clinton held Blissfield to two completions for 18 yards passing and 152 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Leading tacklers were Bryce Randolph with 11, Teddy Pizio with 7, Joey Preston and Jake Felts with 5. Tyrus Hayes and Nik Shadley had four tackles apiece. Tackles for a loss were from Bryce Randolph with 3, Wyatt Hicks with 2, Jake Felts, Teddy Pizio, and Tyrus Hayes each had one apiece. The story of the defense might have been the four interceptions that they collected though. Any Fair, Brenden Benschoter, Joey Preston, and Bryce Rosacrans all had interceptions on the night. Offensive Player of the Game was Nik Shadley for combining for 294 yards of offense, 229 rushing and 65 receiving. Defensive Player of the Game was Bryce Randolph for collecting 11 tackles and his overall play on defense. Special Teams Player of the Game is Wyatt Hicks for his 29 yard field goal that put Clinton back in the lead and his overall kicking. Red Army Player of the Week is Brandon Johnson for stepping in and being ready when he was needed. Captain of the Week is Andy Fair for his toughness and Grit he showed during the week and game.
This Friday, Nov. 3rd Clinton hosts Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central for the MHSAA District Championship at 7pm. We look forward to a great crowd and appreciate the support.