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Early turnovers doom Wildcats

By Greg Evans

Against teams like Clinton, even the smallest mistakes are amplified. Piedmont committed two big mistakes early in the game and dropped a 49-7 decision to the Red Tornadoes.

Piedmont’s night started off poorly when a Brett Adams pass intercepted off a tip on the first offensive play of the game. Clinton was able to march right down the field and take an early 7-0 lead.

Later in the first, an Adams pass was picked off deep in Clinton territory that lead to another scoring drive. Piedmont found themselves down 14-0 after the first quarter and the hole only got bigger for the Wildcats.

Clinton scored from 38 yards out on a pass and then, on the Wildcats next drive, intercepted Adams again. Two minutes later, the Red Tornadoes found pay dirt again. Clinton would score two more times before the break, while the Wildcats managed just one first down.
Clinton got their final two touchdowns of the night on a 7-yard scoring run and a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter before the Red Tornadoes started running down the clock.

Blakely Liebmann was able to finally get Piedmont on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run with four minutes left in the game. The scoring drive was helped out by a long reception by Christian Foster, which put the Wildcats in the redzone.

“Obviously, you can get away with mistakes like this against lesser opponents but you can’t have mistakes like this against a team as talented as Clinton,” Coach Craig Church said. “You take out those mistakes and I feel we could play with this team. As a staff, we have to do better to prepare our guys. We have to be more creative because it’s difficult to replicate speed like (Clinton has). The (passing) windows have gotten tighter. Clinton does a great job, they have great coaches. We have the same challenge next week, big league speed.

“We have to push this one out and go on. It’s a short week this week. We place (Anadarko) on Thursday. We can’t dwell on this. As soon as we got off the bus (Friday night), we have to get this behind us.”

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