The Harmony Grove Cardinals will travel to Clinton Friday in round two of the 3A State Playoffs. The Cardinals advanced with a 26-20 victory over the Hoxie Mustangs last Friday night.
The Clinton Yellowjackets earned the number one seed out of the 1-3A Conference. They come into Friday’s ballgame with an undefeated record of 11-0.
On offense, the Yellojackets run the Wing-T offense and rely heavily on the ground game. They are lead by junior running back Sky Davidson; he leads the team with 615 yards and 10 touchdowns. Under center for the Yellowjackets is versatile sophomore Weston Amos. He as thrown for 855 yards with 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, he is also a dual threat from the backfield compiling 455 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, The ‘Jackets run a 3-4 scheme that relies on their talented line backing core. Junior inside line backer Caleb Bowman leads the team with 84 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Davidson is a key two way player for the Yellowjackets from his outside line backer position; he leads them in tackle for loss with 11.5 on the year. In the secondary Clinton is lead by speedy Ethen Drake. The sophomore leads the team with 5 interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Hootens picks the Yellowjackets by six over the Cardinals:
“Winner advances to play Harding Academy-Junction City winner. H. Grove Haskell established a new school record for wins (eight) in last week’s 26-20 victory at Hoxie. It was the school’s second playoff win (31-20 at Mountain View in 2016). Clinton earned its first playoff win last week since 2014 in a 55-20 rout against Fouke. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 358 yards (7.8 yards per carry) against Fouke, its second-best rushing output of the year. H. Grove Haskell is playing with of a lot of confidence, but Clinton’s home-field gives it the edge in a close game.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Clinton High School.