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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Campbell County vs. Clinton

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By Chris Cannon

When: Friday

Where: Campbell County High School; L. Hope Dossett Stadium

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Clinton (0-4, 0-2 District 3-AAA) at Campbell County (2-3, 1-2)

Previous meeting: Campbell County took last year’s meeting in the District 3-AAA contest at Clinton. The Cougars took the win 28-23.

Last week: Campbell County had a rough road. Missing out on scoring opportunities inside the 5-yard line three times was the downfall for Campbell County as they amassed 508 yards against Hardin Valley. Ethan Jeffers had a career game, throwing for 441 yards and two touchdowns. However, with only 336 yards, Hardin Valley was able to take the opportunities the Cougars left on the field, coming away with a 48-30 win in Knoxville.

Clinton hasn’t had a good road either. Currently on a losing streak of 17 straight, the Dragons are facing a rough road. Last week, they fell to Knoxville-Central (Ky.) by a score of 27-14. The week before, they narrowly missed knocking off Hardin Valley, 13-10. In the final moments of the game, the Dragons were driving. However, after thinking they had made a first down, quarterback Alex Willard came from under center to spike the ball in hopes of a last second, game-winning drive. The only problem was it was actually fourth-and-inches, as the ball was turned over on downs.

 

Keep an eye on: Jeffers has been hot this past week. Going 31-of-55 for 441 yards, all of those ranking as school records, look for Jeffers to play a role in this one. Ethan Miller and Paul Courdle will also be crucial in setting up a run game for the Cougars in order to open the passing lanes.

Clinton’s Alex Willard will have to be the Cougars’ main focus. The speedy quarterback can quickly scamper from the pocket, as he did against Hardin Valley. Their only touchdown came off of a 13-play, 60-yard drive, which Willard capped off with a 10-yard score up the middle. The Campbell County defense will have to be top notch in looking to face off with this double threat quarterback.