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Jackets defeat Heber, head to playoffs

The Yellow Jacket runner tries to elude a couple of tacklers.
The Yellow Jacket runner tries to elude a couple of tacklers.

Your Clinton Yellow Jackets traveled to Heber Springs this past Friday night to take on the Panthers in a do or die showdown.

The winner of this rival contest would secure a spot in this season’s playoffs while the loser would go home and watch Andy Griffith reruns. The intensity of this match-up was at an all-time high and the Jackets answered the bell and came out swinging.

Quarterback Fielder Dufrene commanded the troops like General Patton over third army. Dufrene was 7 of 8 for 114 yards in the air, 14 carries for 35 yards rushing and 1 touchdown.

Stephen Sappington carried the ball 16 times for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Bull of the Woods, Harrison Lester, had 4 carries for 21 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 blocked kick. Big game for Senior Drew Farmer who would not be denied with 5 carries for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Nathan Teague also came up big with 8 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Who is Dufrene throwing the ball too, you might ask. Well he had several great targets. The longest catch belongs to Hunter Blanton who showed great concentration with a 41 yard reception that set up a Clinton touchdown. Daniel Beavers and Robby Slack each came down with the ball for a 15 yard reception. But the man that owned the airways Friday night was the big man from Texas, 6’ 4” Sam Phillips. Texas Sam had 5 receptions for 51 yards which helped the jackets move the ball down the field and made it look easy.

The “cruel but fair” defense was fueled by the intensity of senior Caden “Mad Dog” Hickman who was all over the field making several crucial stops and keeping his team sharp. The Jackets lineman, Colton Martin, Alex Clark, Jesus Robles and Stephen Sappington stopped the run of the Panthers driving them into the ground like a fence post.

To quote Grandma Clump once again, “The Panthers walked over but they limped back.” The final score was Clinton 35 and Heber Springs 33.

The Jackets last regular season game will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at home against Lonoke. This will also be Senior Night at Tumlison Field to honor the Yellow Jacket Seniors and their parents.

Let’s get out and show the seniors and their parents how much we appreciate their commitment and hard work. After the Lonoke game it’s on to the playoffs. Go Jackets!

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