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Outmanned Cougars dominated by Dragons

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By Dwane Wilder

An open date couldn’t have come at a better time for the Campbell County High School varsity football team.

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The Cougars, still missing a few players because of injuries and the flu, were manhandled 40-0 Friday night by an undefeated Clinton team. Campbell County now has a week to heal and regroup before hosting Knoxville Central on Oct. 9 for homecoming.

“These next couple of games are real important,” said Cougars’ coach Dewayne Wells.

“I’m just glad we’ve got an open date to get ready for the rest of our district schedule.”

There wasn’t much to write home about after the lopsided loss to Clinton (4-0 district, 6-0 overall). The Cougars (1-3 district, 2-4 overall) finished with only four net yards of total offense. In fact, Campbell County gained only one first down on a scrimmage play and had minus yardage until its next-to-last possession. The Cougars fumbled four times and lost two of those.

By contrast, Dragons’ quarterback Darian Stone pretty much had his way with the Cougars. Stone completed 13 of 17 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 22 yards and another touchdown on four carries.

Weston Hazelhurst carried Clinton’s ground game with 81 yards and a pair of TDs on just nine carries.

Former Jacksboro Middle School standout Joel Chapman caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Stone to put the Dragons up 33-0 at halftime. Hazelhurst scored the only touchdown of the second half on a 2-yard run early in the third quarter.

Clinton is one of three teams still unbeaten in league play. Anderson County is also 4-0 in the district, while Oak Ridge is 3-0.

“I don’t see anybody beating them,” said Wells, when asked if he thought the Dragons would win the district.

Of course, Clinton is a great team, but the game might not have been quite so lopsided had the Cougars been at full strength. Cornerback Matt Marshall, who missed the first six games with a knee injury, is expected back for the homecoming game as is fullback Wesley Cook.

Running back/punter Joe Goins is out of action indefinitely.

“Every week it’s been like that…since the White County game,” said Wells.

“It’s been a battle most of the year. Hopefully we’re going to get some kids back by the Central game.”

Campbell County did have a couple of positive plays on defense and specials teams during Friday’s game. Senior linebacker Bradley Hicks intercepted a pass and returned four kicks for 70 yards. The Cougars averaged 17 yards per kick return. P.J. Miller also sacked Stone once.