Bridges carries CHS to close win

Bridges carries CHS to close win

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Bridges carries CHS to close win

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn

Clarksville High narrowly escaped with a 23-21 homecoming victory against District 10-AAA rival Springfield in a game that went down to the wire. The Wildcats were 1-2 going into the game and were looking for a win Friday against its oldest rival and one of the state’s long-standing football rivalries.

Springfield quarterback Michael Smith scored a fourth-quarter touchdown with 7:20 left in the game to get the Yellow Jackets within two points of Clarksville’s lead and Springfield would have one more possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

But the Yellow Jackets (0-4, 0-3) began that final drive on their own 8-yard line. Smith, however, gradually moved the team down the field, throwing the ball to stop the clock as he got Springfield to the Wildcat’s 25 yard line. The Yellow Jackets would run out of luck and time without an opportunity to kick a potential game-winning field goal with eight seconds left.

Springfield jumped out on Clarksville (2-2, 3-0) early with two quick scores. Smith scored first on a sneak from a yard out. Yellow Jackets star, Brandon Farmer, capped a stunning run from 62 yards out for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first quarter that made it 14-0. Farmer looked to pass on the play but quickly ran left, was chased backwards, then he bolted right and broke free for the score.

Springfield attempted two onside kicks in the first half. Their first was successful but the second attempt was missed and gave the Wildcats the ball on the Yellow Jackets’ 44-yard line. Clarksville tailback Dallin Bridges ran 56 yards for the team’s only first-half touchdown on the first play of the possession to cut the score to 14-7.

A thunderstorm threatened in the second half, while the game remained close and both teams held firm on defense. The Wildcats were not disappointed with Bridges who scored all three of his team’s touchdowns and rushed for 270 yards for the game, including an 82 and 64-yard touchdowns in the second half.

Sophomore Mason Gasaway kicked a 20-yard field goal for the Wildcats with 3:14 left in the third quarter, which would prove to be the game winner. Springfield missed their 20-yard attempt five minutes earlier in the quarter.

“Thank God for Bridges and his running and thank God for our defense,” Clarksville coach Ken Busbee said. “We’ve got to do better at our blocking for next game. The Wildcats have won two in a row after their 47-7 win against Northwest.

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