Clarkdale picks up 24-18 win over district opponent Kemper County

Kemper Co. at Clarkdale
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Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 3:20 AM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - After losing their past two games by a combined 10 points, a win at home against district opponent Kemper County was just what Clarkdale needed.

A win would not only give the Bulldogs a confidence boost, but shake up the standings in Region 5-2A.

Clarkdale’s run heavy offense, lead by fullback Drake Shirely and running back Gavin Moffett, helped guide the Bulldogs in or near the red zone several times in the first half.

In the second quarter, one drive resulted in a field goal that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. With under 30 seconds left in the first half, it looked like Clarkdale was going to add another field goal to the score. However, the Bulldogs opted for a fake field goal and failed, taking a 3-0 lead at halftime.

The second half proved to be a vastly different game for both the Bulldogs and Wildcats.

Heading into the fourth quarter, both teams were tied at 18 with the opportunity to try and take the win wide open for either team to take.

In the end, Clarkdale would be the team to take it.

The Bulldogs picked up one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to edge the Wildcats 24-18 and pick up the win on homecoming night.

With Clarkdale moving up from 2A to 3A in 2019, the Bulldogs are now 1-1 in their series against Kemper County.

Next up: Clarkdale will head to Hattiesburg to face Sacred Heart while Kemper County hosts Southeast Lauderdale for a district matchup at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.

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