It was homecoming on The Hill Friday night as the Dragons of Clinton invaded L. Hope Dossett Stadium and Pat Kerr Field. Pre game saw Kaylee Welch crowned the 2018 Cougar Football Homecoming Queen. After the ladies exited the field it was time for Cougar Football Action.
The somewhat depleted Cougars, missing Christian Shouse, Cahron Williams, and Preston Bowman from the receiving corps, took the field on defense first. It started well as they forced the Dragons to punt after holding them to 3 and out. Then Landon Addington took to the field and did not miss a beat. He Makyle Shepherd in stride for a 60 yard touchdown to draw first blood on the Dragons. Riley Wallace nailed the point after to put the Cougars up 7-0 with just over eight minutes to go in the first. The Dragons managed to tie things up and the score remained tied until Addington found Devlin Dukes to take the lead 14-7 with 2:49 remaining in the half. In the waning seconds of the half the Dragons scored to tie things at 14 going into the half.
The Dragons struck first in the third quarter as they took the lead 21-14 late in the third quarter. The Dragons picked off Addington to end the third and rode the momentum into the game’s final frame. The Dragons scored again and completed the two point conversion to extend their lead to 29-14. Once again Addington linked up with Dukes on a 30 yard touchdown pass to cut the Dragon’s lead to 29-21. Unfortunately it would be the last time the Cougars scored and the Dragons took home the win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Cougars are also still in the running for the postseason. If they can defeat the Rebels of West on next week’s senior night they will qualify for the TSSAA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.