NEWBERRY — Mike Ware Field was covered in pink Friday night as the Newberry High School Bulldogs celebrated its annual Pink Out, benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a 31-20 win over the Clinton High School Red Devils.
“In the second half, we came out there and were able to move the football, which made a difference. I’m just real proud of the defense,” Coach Phil Strickland said. “The offensive line did a heck of a job opening holes and we hit some big passes that really helped.”
After only two minutes of play action, Clinton’s Mark Wise ran the ball into the end zone but a block in the back called against Clinton caused the play to be spotted at its original position. Clinton made the first score of the night after Wise found the end zone for the touchdown. The extra point attempt was good, giving the Red Devils a 7-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
Two minutes into the second quarter, the Bulldogs answered back with a touchdown by Amir Abrams. The extra point attempt by Ethan Day was good, tying the game. Clinton regained possession of the ball, but were forced to punt.
The Bulldogs added another set of points to the scoreboard after Day completed a 36-yard field goal attempt, giving the Bulldogs the lead 10-7. With just under six minutes left in the second quarter, the Red Devils took the lead after Aaron Copeland ran into the end zone for the touchdown, now giving the Red Devils the lead 14-10.
Coming back from halftime, Clinton opted to attempt a 39 yard field on its next possession. The kick was good, giving the Red Devils the lead once again at 17-10. The Bulldogs tied the game after Abrams caught a Hail Mary pass into the end zone. The PAT was good.
With 58 seconds left in the third quarter, Clinton completed a 37-yard field goal attempt, giving the Red Devils the lead going into the fourth quarter.
A quarterback sneak into the end zone would put the Bulldogs in the lead with 11:58 remaining in the game. The extra point attempt by Day was good, making the score 24-20.
After not seeing any play action the Red Devils were forced to punt. Abrams returned the ball down to the 11 yard line, and would take the ball into the end zone for the touchdown for the final score of the night.
This week, the Bulldogs host Chapman High School in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Chapman High School is coming into this game after defeating the Mid-Carolina Rebels 51-7.
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