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Tough first half for Clarksville High lifts top-rated Henry County past Wildcats

Clarksville High School WildcatsClarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s football team watched Henry County play all but one offensive down on its side of the 50-yard line in the first half, October 11th at Hilda J. Richardson Field, as the Patriots build a 19-0 lead on its way to a 31-14 District 10-AAA victory over the Wildcats.

Henry County (8-0, 5-0 District 10-AAA), the number-one ranked team in the state in Class 5-A, had five of its six first-half drives start at the Clarksville High 42 yard line – or deeper – with the Patriots scoring on four of those five chances.

Clarksville High School Wildcats fall to Henry County.
Clarksville High School Wildcats fall to Henry County.

The first drive started at the CHS 42 after the Patriots Malcolm Benau returned the opening kick 43 yards.

The Patriots would use five plays to get down to the Wildcats four, but the Clarksville High defense forced them to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Bryan Rammell.

Clarksville High (2-6, 2-3 District 10-AAA) wasn’t able to move the ball on its first drive and had to punt the ball back to the Patriots, but a short kick gave the ball to Henry County at the Wildcats 28.

Again Clarksville High’s defense would hold the Patriots out of the end zone after giving up a short field, with Henry County having Rammell come out and hit a 27-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

The Wildcats would pick up their first, first down of the game on their next drive, but CHS quarterback Jeff Webb was picked off by Tommy Thompson, who returned it back to the CHS 34.

For the third time the CHS defense wouldn’t break, as they held the Patriots on downs at the Wildcat 11 to keep it a one-score game with just under 10 minutes left in the first half.

But Clarksville High’s offense was only able to move the ball four yards and the Wildcats punted the ball back, with Henry County starting its drive at the CHS 38.

This time the Patriots were able to punch it into the end zone, as Chase Henderson went in from six yards out – with 6:54 left in the second quarter – to make it 13-0.

Clarksville High would again only pick up one first down before having to kick the ball back to the Patriots, but got a 49 yard return down to the CHS 17.

Three plays later, Henderson took it in from five yards out to put the Patriots up 19-0 at intermission, after the two-point conversion failed.

Henderson would lead all rushers with 73 yards.

In the second half, Clarksville High’s offense would come to life, as the Wildcats took its opening drive 76 yards on 10 plays – with Chris Schlangen scoring on a 13-yard pass from Webb to make it 19-6, after the missed extra point.

The Wildcats defense would force the Patriots to punt on its next drive, but Wildcats return man Lawrenz Guerra tried to scoop up the ball late inside his on 15 yard line and had the ball knocked loose by the Patriots, who recovered at the CHS 10.

The Clarksville High defense stood tall once again, forcing a field goal by Rammell – this time from 26 yards out for a 22-6 Henry County lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Henry County would pull away early in the fourth — scoring on its first two drives of the period — the first ending with a 27 yard Rammell field goal and the other a 26-yard Brandon Donaldson touchdown reception from Colton Randolph to make it 31-6 with 3:30 left in the game.

Clarksville High would score its second touchdown of the game on if final drive of the night, with Webb going in from 17 yards out and then adding the two-point conversion for the 31-14 final.

Clarksville High has a bye on October 18th, but will return to action October 25th when they travel to Kenwood High School for a District 10-AAA contest.

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Box Score

Henry County 31, Clarksville High 14

1 2 3 4 Final
Henry County Patriots 6 13 3 9 31
Clarksville High Wildcats 0 0 6 8 14


First Quarter
HC—Bryan Rammell 21-yard field goal, 9:12
HC—Rammell 27-yard field goal, 3:05

Second Quarter
HC—Chase Henderson 6-yard run (Rammell, kick), 6:54
HC—Henderson 5-yard run (run failed), 2:50

Third Quarter
CHS—Chris Schlangen 13-yard pass from Jeff Webb (kick failed), 8:03
HC—Rammell 26-yard field goal, 2:28

Fourth Quarter
HC—Rammell 27-yard field goal, 8:38
HC—Brandon Donaldson 26-yard pass from Colton Randolph (kick failed), 3:30
CHS—Webb 17-yard run (Webb run), 2:39


Henry County Clarksville High School
First Downs 14 13
Rush Att.-Yards 44-197 28-62
Pass Yards 87 125
Total Offense 284 187
C-A-I 10-13-0 10-21-1
Punts-Avg. 1-14.0 5-22.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 9-60 4-19


Chris Austin
Chris Austinhttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com
Chris Austin is a graduate of Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. Chris is a former Head Softball Coach for APSU, and assistant basketball coach for CHS. Chris has worked at the Leaf-Chronicle, and WJZM News/Talk/Sports radio. Has also worked at the Sports Information Department at APSU, and has covered championship events for the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA. Chris is an avid sports fan and can be found at most Austin Peay State University sports events.

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