The 2-6 (2-4) Sand Creek Aggies are wondering what has happened to their offense. Early into the year it looked unstoppable, except when they turned the ball over. They’re now struggling to find success on that side of the ball and with a defense that hasn’t been able to really stop anyone this year, they are in for a long night this week when they take on the Tri-County Conference champions in the 8-0 (6-0) Clinton Redskins and their strong running game.
Clinton started their season on the road when they traveled up to the Manchester Flying Dutchmen. Manchester couldn’t slow down the running game of the Redskins being lead by Colin Poore who in this game rushed the ball 14 times for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns. Their quarterback TJ Baker added 14 carries for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also completed 4 of his 6 passes for 100 yards. Clinton dominated this one 32-14.
From here they hit the road for three games. The first one took them to the Blissfield Royals who they took care of 39-14. Then they went the Britton-Deerfield Patriots who gave them a tough, hard fought game that was decided by a 2-point conversion on a late touchdown in the fourth quarter for the victory, 15-14. The last game on this road trip was against the Whiteford Bobcats. This game was the Baker show as he threw for 134 yards while adding 135 on the ground and a touchdown. The Redskins escaped with a 26-24 victory.
They then came home to play against the Madison Trojans, who they destroyed 34-6.
The Redskins followed up with a road game at the Whitmore Lake Trojans who didn’t stand a chance as Clinton dominated 61-0.
Another home game was next for Clinton as they hosted the Morenci Bulldogs. Baker and Poore had success on the ground as they rushed for 105 and 103 yards in the 42-12 victory.
Then last week, Clinton hit the road once more as they went to Petersburg, Michigan to play against the Summerfield Bulldogs. Turnovers were the downfall for the Bulldogs as the Redskins took the 37-14 victory.
Sand Creek’s defense is going to be in for a long night. They have struggled to stop most of the teams they have played this year and I think they are going to again this week. At first it looked like they stop the run, but they just fell victim to teams getting success in the passing game, which opened up scrambles until they were worn out. I don’t think they’re going to be able to stop the combination of Poore and Baker. I think Baker is going to pick them apart if they go to the passing game as well. He isn’t the greatest passer, but he uses it when it’s been opened up by their running game. This one could get ugly.
The Aggies’ offense has been getting progressively worse. Kolton Alcock seems to be keyed on much more as the season has gone on and his success has been going down. He still has a turnover problem, which if he does again this week, this game will get out of hand quickly. I thought Elliott Rains would be more of a factor, but he has a knee injury that has slowed him down. There was a bright spot in their sophomore running back Charlie Robertson, which is good to build around next year. I don’t think Sand Creek has a chance, but the keys to the upset will be running the option flawless and catching the Redskins off guard in the pass. No turnovers are a must.
Last year when these two teams faced, the game was in Sand Creek and they won 41-20. The offense was much more explosive last year and the defense was a lot better as well. I think the opposite will happen this year. Clinton looks stronger on both sides of the ball, while Sand Creek has gotten progressively worse. The game being in Clinton is an advantage, but I think they would win regardless. My prediction for the game is that the Redskins run away with this one, 42-14.
This game will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Friday October 18th at Clinton High School in Clinton, Michigan.