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Friday night, it looked for two quarters like the Clinton Dragons might snap arguably their most vexing dry spell—the six-year long losing streak to archrivals Anderson County—but in the second half, the Mavericks ran all over that notion, rallying from a 27-6 halftime deficit for a thrilling 51-47 win at Clinton.
The win ran AC’s streak in the Crosstown Showdown to seven in a row and 16 of the last 17 meetings.
Anderson County outscored Clinton 45-20 in the second half on the strength of their running game, led by Mason Phillips’ 293 yards and 5 touchdowns on 44 carries.
Quarterback Tate Holmes added 147 yards rushing and a score. His only completion of the game was a 29-yard scoring strike to Thasaud Thrasher.
Tyler Thackerson led Clinton with 106 yards on the ground and two rushing TDs while throwing for 238 yards and three scores. However, Thackerson was picked off four times by AC, including twice by Marquise Gallahar.
Clinton’s J’Quan Thomas was also picked off on a halfback option pass in the first quarter.
Thomas caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns for the Dragons, and Travist Patrick caught six balls for 100 yards and a score.
In the end, though, the Mavericks’ commitment to running the ball, and Clinton’s inability to stop the run, allowed AC to wear down the Dragon defense and improve to 3-3 on the season.
Clinton fell to 2-4 with their third straight loss on the season.
Anderson County ran the ball for 517 yards and outgained CHS altogether 545 to 381. AC managed the comeback despite committing 15 penalties for 147 yards but more than made up for it by forcing six Dragon turnovers.
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