CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Henry County could have had the perfect excuse.
The Patriots were on the road, facing a Clarksville team riding the wave of a perfect season to date and the school’s Homecoming ceremonies to add to the emotion. The Wildcats also were coming off an emotional win against rival Rossview.
But the ninth-ranked Patriots set those issues aside and drove home a point as the team to beat in Region 7-5A with a 28-0 thumping of Clarksville on Friday night at Hilda J. Richardson Field.
“It shows just how mature our players are to come into an environment like this and beat a great team like Clarksville and to shut them out,” Patriots coach James Counce Jr. said. “We stuck with our game plan in poor weather, on the road, against a quality opponent and got it done. I’m so proud of our team.”
The game wasn’t pretty.
Clarksville (5-1, 2-1) had two fumbles lost while Henry County had one. Five penalties were called that resulted in 15-yard mark-offs. But the Patriots dominated the line of scrimmage and rolled up chunk yardage on the Wildcats’ defense.
Henry County (5-1, 3-0) finished 265 yards of offense in sloppy, rainy conditions. Only 15 yards came from the air, but the Patriots didn’t need to throw the ball much, chewing up much of their yards up the middle of Clarksville’s defense. Caleb McCutcheon ran 18 times for 114 yards while Lukas Reynolds had 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“We just didn’t have a good game (Friday),” Clarksville coach Isaac Shelby said. “The effort was there, but this game shows that although we’re a good team, we’re not on Henry County’s level yet. I think we can get there if we work on a few things, but right now we’re not quite where Henry County is.”
Clarksville’s inability to score kept the Patriots September scoreless streak alive. Henry County will finish off the month without surrendering a point. The Wildcats finished with 199 yards of offense and only 98 yards on the ground.