Blue Devils Edge Clarksburg, 10-8
The Clarksburg Coyotes traveled to Colesville Friday night to take on the 2-1 Springbrook Blue Devils. The Blue Devils were riding high after last week’s 32-25 overtime win at Walter Johnson, while the Coyotes were hoping to get back to winning after last week’s lopsided loss to Quince Orchard.
After a scoreless opening quarter where both teams were feeling each other out. The Blue Devils got the scoring started in the second quarter as senior quarterback Trevon Ruffin connected with junior Dominic Best on a four-yard touchdown pass.
The Coyotes would answer back with a score later the second quarter as senior tailback Elijah Maith ran into the endzone, the point after would be no good. Clarksburg had cut the lead to one point at halftime. “Elijah Maith is a guy that shows up and bangs for us every week. He is one of the bright spots,” said Coyotes Head Coach Bob Plante.
Clarksburg would come out of the half fired up. After the opening kickoff, the Coyotes defense would get the ball right back on the first play from scrimmage. Clarksburg’s Kory Fleming would recover a fumble, and the Coyotes would take over at the Springbrook 32 yard line.
“I have been after Kory all year,” said Plante. “He is a tough kid, physical kid, a big kid at tight end. I asked him to show up and play up to his ability — I thought he had a great game. He made some great runs and did a great job on defense. I was excited about his effort tonight.”
Clarksburg and quarterback Joey Perkins would march the ball down to the Blue Devils goal line but would be unable to cross into pay dirt. After two incomplete passes in the endzone, the Coyotes turned the ball over on downs, giving Springbrook first and ten from their own one-yard line.
Backed up against the goal line, Springbrook’s junior running back Tre’Von Stewart would take a pitch from Ruffin for a sweep. But, Clarksburg senior linebacker Miles Prather would read the play and meet Stewart in the backfield for a safety. Prather’s tackle in the endzone gave the Coyotes two points and a one-point lead, 8-7.
Both teams would trade punts and penalties for much of the rest of the third quarter. Springbrook junior Carlos Almeida would kick a 22-yard field goal to regain the lead 10-8 with 6:10 left to play.
The Coyotes would have one last shot late in the game. Perkins and the Clarksburg offense would at their own 20-yard line. After a run for a loss, a Springbrook pass interference penalty would give the ‘Yotes new life at the Blue Devil 39 yard line.
Perkins would hit Justice Williams on a screen pass on fourth down to keep hopes alive and move the ball down to the Springbrook 28 yard line. Perkins would get another chuck of yardage using his feet to run to the Blue Devil 13 yard line.
But the wheels would start to come off the comeback as a mishandled shotgun snap moved the Coyotes back to the 20-yard line. On fourth down, Perkins threw the ball up the middle to the endzone, but it bounced off the hands of Kory Fleming and away from teammate Steven Shifflett.
Coach Plante said the Coyotes inconsistency on game days was something that the team would continue to work on in practice. “It is about consistency and the things that we’ve been preaching in practice – the little things, the details. It is about being consistent with those things. Are we getting better, yes? But there are still guys that are missing assignments. There are still guys that aren’t paying attention. Even things like taking care of your body before a game. We had guys cramping out here tonight in the fourth game of the season. It is just not acceptable. We have to do some things to fix that,” said Plante.