The Daniel defense didn’t give up a touchdown in four games, but after breaking the streak of 13 consecutive quarters, the Lions emerged from the locker room after halftime determined to start another scoreless streak.
Daniel gave up only one touchdown on its way to a 31-7 victory over the Clinton Red Devils Friday night in round two of the Class AAA playoffs at Singleton Field.
After Clinton’s Matthias Williams rumbled 28 yards into the end zone late in the first quarter, Daniel coach Randy Robinson told his Lions they needed to forget the scoring play and concentrate on stopping the Red Devils’ rushing attack in the second half.
“That’s what we talked about at halftime. That play is over. They scored a touchdown, but we just have to bear down in the second half. We didn’t want to give any ground,” Robinson said.
“Field position with a team like this is so important. We got a couple of early stops in the second half that gave us some good field position, so that we could open some stuff up offensively.”
Daniel (12-0) held Clinton’s rushing attack in check for most of the night, giving up 256 yards, with most of those yards coming in the second half.
However, the Lions will face another challenge in the third round when as they travel to Greer to take on Quez Nesbitt and the Yellow Jackets.