The Clarksburg Coyotes improved to 2-0 on the season with a 23-17 victory over neighboring Frederick County rival Urbana over the weekend. The game was played due to lightning in the area of Urbana on Friday night. The teams were set to go at Urbana began Friday night, but the contest forced to be rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The last time these two teams met was last year, it was also the second week of the season and the score was nearly the same, however last year the Urbana Hawks came out on top 20-17. The visiting team won both games.
In a fairly uneventful first half, in which the both teams missed field goals, Urban got on the score board by forcing a Clarksburg safety with 7:45 remaining the first half.
The Coyotes would score on a fourth-down play with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter to take a 7-2 lead. Urbana would score on their next possession with an 85-yard drive culminating in a short touchdown pass to take a 9-7 lead with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
The Coyotes would start on their own 30-yard line and string together a drive which would take up the rest of the third quarter and score on the first play of the fourth quarter. The kick would be no good, but the Coyotes regained the lead 13-9 to start the last quarter.
The next four Urbana possessions would end in turnovers and Clarksburg takeaways. The Coyotes would intercept a Hawk pass, but be unable to convert it into points. The Clarksburg defense would step up again and recover an Urbana fumble. However, that too would end in the Coyotes punting.
However, a muffed punt return would create the third turnover. The Urbana returner would lose the ball while being tackled and the Coyotes would take over on the Hawk eight yard line with 9:23 remaining in the game.
The Coyotes would find the endzone on a nine-yard pass to extend their lead to 20-9 with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter.
Just 40 seconds later, Clarksburg would intercept another Urbana pass and take possession near midfield. The Coyotes would have to settle for the field goal after being stopped at the Urbana two-yard line. The kick would extend the lead to 23-9 with less than five minutes remaining.
The Hawks would score on a touchdown pass and convert a two-point attempt to cut the lead to 23-17 and end the scoring with 2:26 left in the game. Urbana would try an on-side kick but the Coyotes would cover and take the victory.
Next week, the Coyotes will invade the Cougar Dome to take one of the best teams in Montgomery County as Clarksburg travels to Quince Orchard. The Cougars are 2-0 after 45-6 victory over Blair on Saturday and a 50-0 shutout of B-CC in the opening week of the 2018 season. The game is scheduled to begin a 6:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 14.
Caption: The Coyotes celebrate their victory on Saturday.
Photo courtesy Clarksburg Athletics Twitter.