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Clarksville High Wildcats football ends three-game slide, Northeast Eagles losing streak now at five

Clarksville High School WildcatsClarksville, TN – After falling behind early Clarksville High School’s football team scored 17 straight points, Friday night, September 19th at Hilda J. Richardson Athletic Field, then held on to defeat Northeast High School in a District 10-AAA matchup, 17-12.

With the win, Clarksville High (2-3. 1-1 District 10-AAA) ends a three-game losing streak after opening the season with a win at Goodpasture High School, while Northeast High School dropped its fifth game in a row and falling to 0-2 in District 10-AAA play.

Clarksville High wildcats tame Northeast Eagles 17-12.
Clarksville High wildcats tame Northeast Eagles 17-12.

After giving up a touchdown on the Eagles opening drive of the game, Clarksville High would take the lead for good on its second possession of the game, driving 66 yards on nine plays – highlighted by a 38-yard pass from J.J. Jones to Timon Hobson.

That pass got the ball down to the Northeast two-yard line – where Brevon Johnson would go in two plays later to give the Wildcats a 7-6 lead, with 11:53 left in the first half, after the extra-point conversion by Mason Gasaway.

Johnson would finish with 61 yards rushing on a team-high 17 carries.

The score would remain that way until the final seconds of the opening half.

Clarksville High’s defense would hold Northeast on a fourth-and-eight at the Wildcats 24-yard line, with 51 seconds left on a sack of Eagles quarterback Benji Burchwell, and then get a 30-yard pass on their first play to get to the Northeast 39 yard line.

Two running plays and a time out later, the Wildcats got an 11-yard run from Johnson to get to the Eagles 19-yard line – setting up a field goal attempt after the Cats were able to spike the ball with less than 10 seconds left in the half.

Clarksville High’s Gasaway would drill the 36-yard field goal to give the Wildcats a 10-6 advantage as the two teams went into intermission.

Neither team would score in the third quarter, with Clarksville High missing a 39-yard field goal midway through the quarter and Northeast driving down to the Clarksville high 25 right before the end of the period, but turning the ball over on downs.

Clarksville High would finally extent its lead with just over two minutes left in the game, as after holding the Eagles on downs to end a 14-play drive at the CHS 35, when Hobson exploded through the Eagles defense for a 68-yard run – getting down to the Northeast five-yard line.

Hobson finished with a game-high 113 yards rushing on just seven carries.

Jones would go in on the next play, as he called his own number and went in from five-yard out and after the Gasaway kick looked to have the game well in hand with a 17-6 lead, with just 2:04 left to play.

But Northeast would take advantage of some Clarksville High penalties on its drive following the CHS touchdown, as the Wildcats were called for procedure call for kicking the ball out of bounds, a personal foul and a defensive holding to set the Eagles up at the CHS 21-yard line.

The Eagles wouldn’t miss on this opportunity, with Quinton Cross scoring on a 21-yard pass from Burchwell, to make it 17-12 with 1:22 left in the game after the two-point conversion attempt by Northeast failed.

Northeast would try an on-sides kick to get the ball back for a final chance, but Clarksville High’s Jacob Speta fell on the ball and the Wildcats were about to run out the final seconds for the win.

Northeast opened the game by scoring on its first possession of the game, with Burchwell going in from two-yard out with 8:08 left in the quarter to cap a nine-play 52-yard drive to take a 6-0 lead.

Both teams return to action on September 26th, with Clarksville High traveling across town to square off against West Creek High School, while Northeast will host Rossview High School. Both games are scheduled to kickoff at 7:00pm.

Box Score

Clarksville High 17, Northeast 12

1 2 3 4 Final
Northeast Eagles 6 0 0 6 12
Clarksville High Wildcats 0 10 0 7 17


First Quarter
N—Benji Burchwell 2-yard run (kick failed), 8:08

Second Quarter
C—Brevon Johnson 2-yard run (Mason Gasaway, kick), 11:53
C—Gasaway 36-yard field goal, time

Fourth Quarter
C—J.J. Jones 5-yard run (Gasaway, kick), 2:04
N—Quinton Cross 21-yard pass from Burchwell (pass failed), 1:22


Northeast Clarksville High
First Downs 14 17
Rush Att.-Yards 369-132 47-269
Pass Yards 112 97
Total Offense 244 366
C-A-I 6-18-0 4-10-0
Punts-Avg. 4-29.5 2-41.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 12-100 13-138
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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