In a game heard Friday night on The Big 1520AM & 92.3FM WHOW, the Clinton Maroons picked up a Week 1 win downing non-conference foe Villa Grove Heritage, 40-22.
The Maroons jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead with a 5 play 80-yard scoring drive on their first possession, however an early injury to top running back, Alec Cooley, shifted momentum to the Blue Devils. Villa Grove would go on to score twice in the first half, one TD was a 100 yard interception return. The Maroons wouldn't find the end zone again in the half.
The Maroons regained the lead quickly in the second half. Senior Dalton Whitted took the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score, and then Senior Canaan Issac picked off a pass for a 45-yard interception return for a score. The Maroons would never trail again as they used a pounding ground game to rack up yards and points leading to the 40-22 final.
Senior quarterback Noah Griffin led the Maroons on the ground with 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. Sophmore tailback Kolby Winter ran 15 times for 61 yards and a TD. Senior running back Alec Cooley had 6 carries for 52 yards before going down with an ankle injury on the Maroons second possession. Cooley's status for Week 2 is not yet known.
The Maroons had a tough time through the air, as Griffin was 5 of 11 for 73 yards with 2 interceptions. He did also throw two touchdowns, both to Dalton Whitted.
Whitted was named the Stephan York Country Financial Maroons Player of the Game for his 3 touchdown night. The senior linebacker also provided some key plays on defense.
Villa Grove-Heritage was led by Junior quarterback Codie Baker. He went 19 of 44 passing for 230 yards with a TD and an interception.
The Maroons are on the road in Week 2 as they travel north to Braidwood to take on Reed Custer. Varsity kickoff is expected to be around 7:30 Friday night. Hear the game on The Big 1520AM & 92.3FM WHOW, and streamed live online at DeWittDailyNews.com.