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High school football: Clearview 's two backs too much for Wellington

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Clearview's Chase Christensen looks to thow a pass Sep. 14. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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SHEFFIELD TWP. — A dynamic duo in the backfield means a long night for the opposing defense.

Clearview used the two-headed monster of Drew Engle and David Renftle to run wild on Wellington, as the Clippers cruised to a 49-0 win in Patriot Athletic Conference crossover play Friday night.

Engle had 15 carries for 95 yards with three touchdowns, while Renftle had three carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns.

“They are two of our captains,” Clearview coach Mike Collier said. “They’ve worked extremely hard in the offseason, they put an effort in the weight room and they continue to improve every week.”

Renftle’s night started on a good note. He caught a 56-yard pass from quarterback Robert Davis — the longest pass of the game — and then two plays later made reservations for the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown.

Clearview added another touchdown in the first quarter when Engle scored from 6 yards, capping an 11-play, 84-yard drive to make it 16-0.

The Clippers (3-1) scored again early in the second quarter. Returner Joseph Norris zigzagged through the punt coverage of the Dukes (1-3) for a 68-yard touchdown to make it 23-0 Clearview.

Clearview’s offense kept chugging along in the second quarter when Renftle scored his last touchdown on a 36-yard run.

“Honestly, I feel like I could have done better,” Renftle said. “I want to give credit to my blockers. If I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t be nowhere without them.”

The Clippers’ red-hot offense rolled with Engle for the next two touchdowns. He scored from 5 yards late in the second quarter and on a 23-yard run in third.

“I give credit to my offensive line and my upbacks,” Engle said. “They did a tremendous job in giving me holes to run through that led to long runs.”

Wellington was bit by the injury bug, as quarterback Ben Higgins, wide receiver Parker Adler and lineman Cameron Brinker left the game.

Even without some key players, Wellington coach Rob Howells was pleased with his team’s effort.

“They never gave up and kept fighting,” Howells said. “We’re coming away really banged up and lost some key starters, but I’m proud of the way we fought tonight.”

Contact Tim Grattan at 329-7207 or tgrattan@chroniclet.com. Follow him @Tim_Grattan77 on Twitter.

 

Clearview 49, Wellington 0

Wellington 0 0 0 0 — 0

Clearview 16 21 6 6 — 49

Scoring

C — David Renftle, 1 run (Kirkwood run)

C — Drew Engle, 6 run (Colbert pass from Davis)

C — Joesph Norris, 68 punt return (Javier Coll kick)

C — Renftle, 36 run (Coll kick)

C — Engle, 5 run (Coll kick)

C — Engle, 23 run (kick failed)

C — Lamont Thomas, 29 run (kick failed)

Team statistics

W C

First downs 4 11

— by rushing 2 10

— by passing 0 1

— by penalty 2 0

Yards rushing 16 238

Yards passing -4 106

Total offense 12 344

Passes att./comp. 11/2 9/5

Intercepted by 1 0

Fumbles/lost 0/0 2/0

Penalties/yards 3/15 8/85

Individual statistics

RUSHING — (W) Mason McClellan 14-5, Kaleb Taylor 4-3, Tyler Moore 5-12, Luke McClellan 3-(-3), Ben Higgins 1-(-15). (C) Drew Engle 15-95, Lamont Thomas 3-50, David Renftle 3-39, Fabion Kirkwood 4-25, Robert Davis 1-13, Jadis James 1-10, George Hatcher 2-5, Kirk Mitchell 1-1.

PASSING — (W) Ben Higgins 1-6-(-4)-0-0, Tyler Moore 1-4-0-0. (C) Robert Davis 4-5-81-0-0, Chase Christensen 1-4-25-0-0

RECEIVING — (W) Jayden Skinner 1-(-4), McClellan 1-0. (C) Renftle 1-56, Dustyn Smith 1-12, Jordan Reed 1-13, Joseph Norris 1-1, CJ Fleming 1-25.



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