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Dragons are back in action Friday

After two weeks on hold, CHS hosts Oak Ridge

Clinton returns to the field this week with a home region game against long-time football rival Oak Ridge.

The Dragons had to take two weeks off after a COVID-19 scare, and the game against Oak Ridge will be their first game after the time off.

“Unfortunately COVID struck and we had to shut down. ... That leaves me with questions again,” Clinton Head Football Coach Darell Keith said.

“Two weeks away from the game puts us without reps again, so will we pick up where we left off — or are we at zero?

“Basically I’m going into this game blind, that’s the dilemma.”

Clinton put up 14 points last year against Oak Ridge in a game the Dragons lost 27-14, the closest score they’ve had against Oak Ridge since 2015, when Clinton lost 24-13. Clinton is 0-5 this year, having to forfeit against Meigs County and Monroe County. The Dragons are ranked 36th in their division (5A) and 174th in the state.

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Mavs bounce back with 42-0 region win


Anderson County hosted Howard Tech on Friday, Sept. 18, for a region game. The Mavs won 42-0.

It wasn’t even close. The Mavericks scored their first touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter on a six-yard run by Gavin Noe, and scored again less than two minutes later on a 33-yard pass by Walker Martinez to Bryson Vowell.

The Mavs scored once again with just two-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter. That ball was carried by freshman Nick Moog.

The Mavericks came back out and did the same thing in the second quarter, scoring three touchdowns to put them up 42-0 before halftime.

All three of the touchdowns in the second quarter were carried by Joshua Miller and included a pass both from Martinez and from Stone Hatmaker.

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Lady Dragons jump back into the fray against powerhouse Anderson County


Clinton freshman Tomi Taylor jumps for the save against Anderson County. - Ricky Williams
The Lady Mavs came away with two more wins this week after starting off with a 3-0 victory over Clinton Tuesday, Sept. 15. The scores for those sets were 25-13, 25-8, and 25-17.

After that, the Lady Mavs hosted Grainger County, getting another 3-0 win after beating the Lady Grizzlies 25-7, 25-17, and 25-17. The Lady Mavs took an early lead in all three sets. In the first set, Matti Rowland led a phenomenal 11-point streak for the Mavericks, taking their already sizeable 9-5 lead all the way to 20-5, while in the final set, Erin Cantrell served for the Mavs, putting them up 7-0 to start the final set.

Lady Blaze CC take part in Cove Lake run


Blaze Cross Country runners served breakfast Saturday morning at Apple Blossom Cafe as part of the team’s pancake breakfast fundraiser.
The Clinton Blaze and Lady Blaze cross country teams were in action two weeks ago at Cove Lake in Campbell County.

The top Blaze finisher in the elementary school section was fifth-grader Uriyah Pickett, who completed the mile course in seven minutes, 41 seconds. The top Lady Blaze finisher was Isabella Morbito. She posted a time of 10:25. That meet was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9

In the middle school meet on Thursday, Clinton’s Isaiah Williams completed the two-mile course in 16:44.

Cross Country Schedule: The Blaze competed at Leisure Polls Meet Sept. 21-22.

The Area Championships are on Oct.10 and the State Championships are scheduled for Oct. 24.

Schedule change: The meets scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at Johnson University in Knoxville will be rescheduled for a later date.

Middle school volleyball roundup


Head Coach Ron Roskelly and the Lady Lakers at Norwood Middle after beating Nor- wood and Jellico. The Lady Lakers were 13-4 over the season.
Lake City Middle School

Lake City School played Jellico away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and came away with one of two wins, this week, winning the first set 25-14 and the second set 26-24.

After that, they faced off in a double-header against Horace Maynard Middle School and Elk Valley at home. The Lady Lakers lost to HMMS in a close 22-25 first set, and lost the game in their second set, going 7-25.

They finished the double-header with a strong win over Elk Valley this week, winning two back-to-back sets 25-21 and 25-17, respectively. Lake City Middle finished their regular season by beating Norwood and Jellico to win the 2A Small School District.

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