CLARKSVILLE – Clarksville Northeast has been waiting for a night like Friday.
After an 0-6 start, rejuvenated Northeast has reeled off consecutive victories, including Friday’s 35-0 thumping of District 10-AAA rival Northwest at the Eagles Nest.
It was Northeast’s most complete and dominating performance of the season.
“It was the first time we actually executed on offense the way we’ve been teaching all year,” Northeast coach Terry Arrington said. “We have moments where we’ve looked good, some series or a drive or two. But (Friday) was the first time we put it all together for four quarters.”
Northeast (2-6, 2-3) didn’t rack up many yards — The Eagles had 246 yards for the game. — but didn’t need to move the ball on long drives. Northeast capitalized on seven Northwest turnovers, turning two of those into 14 points.
Davonte Hugley’s 71-yard fumble return for a touchdown midway through the first quarter gave Northeast a 14-0 lead. Late in the third, Blake Burch stopped a Northwest drive that reached the Northeast 12-yard line with a 95-yard interception return for a score. That pushed Northeast’s lead to 28-0 before Cory Wynn’s 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter finished the scoring.
“When you start seeing success, it becomes contagious and you want that feeling again,” Arrington said. “I thought we cleared a big hurdle last week (in a win against West Creek). And we came out (Friday) very focused and ready.”
Both teams slogged through a sloppy first eight minutes of play. Five fumbles were committed in the first five minutes on a wet and muddy field. Northwest’s three fumbles and four interceptions proved too much for coach Vernon Wright and his team to overcome as they fell to 3-5 and 0-5.
By the fourth quarter, frustrated Northwest had five personal foul penalties, and two players were ejected within a minute of each other.
“We were our own worst enemy (Friday night),” Wright said.