Union County comes up short at Clinton


By: Brian Whitmore
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times

CLINTON — Union County fell 3-0 to its rival Clinton in the Clinton Jamboree on Friday.

The scrimmage consisted of two quarters of play. Clinton’s Hayden Rogers kicked a 40-yard field goal for the only points of the night.

UCHS had two good drives inside the Red Devil 35-yard line, but fumbled and turned the ball over on downs. A holding call also hurt a scoring opportunity.

“I thought our effort was good,” said UCHS coach David Lipsey. “I thought we played physical. We turned it over on a drive and didn’t convert on third down. Inside the 15, we had a holding call. We hurt ourselves on offense, but gave a good team effort.”

Some excitement was generated by Jackets Michael Mebane and Dierris Beacham breaking free for big runs. Rain came down hard in the final minutes.

Most of the fireworks were reserved for the first game of the jamboree, as Woodruff defeated Laurens 20-7.

Union County starts the season at Chester on Friday.

Chester is the No. 1 preseason 3A team in the state, having played for two straight state titles. The Cyclones have four Division I prospects. Tackle Kaylon Davis has already committed to Clemson.

“They’re loaded and they’re good,” said Lipsey. “Chester is a very talented team.”



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