CLARKSBURG — Two one-win high school football teams entered Sept. 27 looking for their second victory of the season, as Clarksburg hosted Walt Whitman.
While both teams did not exhibit a lot of scoring, the Clarksburg Coyotes did just enough to shut out the Vikings by the score of 14-0.
In the game’s opening possession, Whitman drove down deep inside Clarksburg territory, but were stopped after junior quarterback Spencer Jones received pressure and threw an interception to the Coyotes’ Damein Johnson.
For the rest of the first half, neither team was able to put points on the board, as both defenses ended almost every other drive in a punt. On one occasion, Clarksburg senior wide receiver/cornerback Casey McKinney made a huge punt return, but on the very next play, Coyotes junior quarterback Nicholas Bolling’s pass was picked off by Vikings safety Lucas Hilsenrath.
The game remained scoreless until the middle of the third quarter when Bolling connected with senior wide receiver Xavier Holmes, who made an incredible diving catch in the back of the end zone for the 24-yard touchdown that put Clarksburg up 6-0.
“It’s crazy,” said Holmes. “My teammates were there. They sent a good block, my quarterback sent a good pass, and I just dove out and got it.”
The only other score came in the middle of the fourth quarter when Coyotes junior wide receiver Mitchell Dove took a pitch and ran along the left sideline before entering the end zone. Sophomore running back Aiden McCloskey scored on the two-point conversion to make it a two-touchdown lead in favor of Clarksburg.
The Clarksburg defense did its job holding the Vikings’ offense to 10 yards on the ground and 100 yards in the air, as Holmes finished with six tackles, while senior Derek Morgan totaled 5.5 tackles.
Offensively for the Coyotes, Bolling went 6 for 10 for 118 yards, one touchdown and one pick, while McCloskey, McKinney and Dove ran for a combined 150 yards.
Clarksburg improves to 2-2 and will visit Quince Orchard High School on Oct. 4 while Whitman falls to 1-3 and will host Churchill that same evening.