With only three passes thrown the entire game, it was apparent the game plan for Smithfield-Selma was to get the running game going against Clayton.
However, it didn’t get going, and Clayton won easily 48-0.
The bench seemed very short Friday night for Smithfield-Selma (0-4). That’s because it was.
Smithfield-Selma coach Wes Hill said his team was depleted from injuries and many players were playing out of position.
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“But the kids played hard and they didn’t give up,” Hill said. “They’re getting better and I’m proud of them. We got beat by a better team.”
Clayton star player Blake Joyner scored two touchdowns on two catches early in the game, but injured his shoulder in the second quarter on a kick return when he lowered his shoulder in an attempt to run over a defender. He didn’t return to the game.
“We were just being overly cautious with him,” Clayton coach Randy Pinkowksi said. “With things pretty much under control, we pulled him and just sat him for precautionary reasons to get an X-ray. I think he will be fine. It was just to be on the safe side with him. I think you’ll see him back next week.”
However, it wouldn’t be a problem.
Clayton (1-3) continued to roll, riding the backs of their two running backs, Courtlyn Victrum and Brock Swackhammer, who combined for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
The game started out slow, with both teams punting on their first possession.
But on Clayton’s second possession, quarterback Landen Leiser found Joyner, who had gotten behind his defender, on a post route. Joyner made a defender miss and scored on a 50-yard touchdown.
Clayton followed up that successful drive with three more touchdowns on their next three drives and never looked back. Their defense was equally as successful.
Smithfield-Selma never reached the redzone, and barely reached Clayton’s territory.
Three who mattered
Blake Joyner, Clayton: His only two catches went for touchdowns. His second touchdown of the game, came off a bubble screen for 28 yards. Leiser threw the ball a little off target, but Joyner snagged the ball with one hand. He out-ran one defender off the edge and avoided another one, leaving the second defender in his shoes.
Brock Swackhammer, Clayton: He helped pick up the slack when Joyner went down. He rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Courtlyn Victrum, Clayton: He was successful early in the game, rushing for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
By the numbers
1: Clayton now has its first win of the season and is looking to build off it.
3: The number of passes Smithfield-Selma threw all game.
58: Yards on 28 rushes for Smithfield-Selma.