Clayton holds off Cardinal Gibbons, 14-13
Posted August 12
Updated 4:34 p.m. Sunday
Raleigh, N.C. — Clayton withstood Cardinal Gibbons Saturday night on the Crusaders home turf, 14-13, at the annual HighSchoolOT Jamboree.
Junior running back Evan Harding scored his first of two touchdowns on the Clayton’s opening drive with a three-yard run to give Clayton a 7-0 lead.
Gibbons senior Marcel Smith stalled the Comets’ second drive, picking off Sawyer Worrell and returning the ball 26 yards to the Clayton nine-yard line.
The Crusaders scored on its first play after the interception with a nine-yard quarterback draw by junior Nick Frey. But Cardinal Gibbons wasn’t able to knot the score after the quick strike after kicker Riley Myer missed the ensuing extra point.
Harding answered the Crusaders’ score with a 75-yard dash to the endzone to give the Clayton an eight-point lead.
Clayton nearly added another three points, but time expired before the field goal unit could get the kick off. Head coach Hunter Jenks tried to call time out with less than 10 seconds remaining, but Clayton already used its one first-half timeouts.
Cardinal Gibbons senior running back Jack Biestek scored the only touchdown of the second half, taking a handoff five yards around the left side and in for the score. Gibbons head coach Steven Wright elected to take the extra point rather than a two-point try for the tie.
The Crusaders had a chance to take the lead late, but Myer missed a 45-yard field goal that would’ve given Cardinal Gibbons a two-point lead with 6:50 to play.
Frey went down with an undisclosed injury, which paved the way for Mac Muzzarelli to Cardinal Gibbons on one final drive.
But Clayton was ready for the challenge and held off the host Crusaders scoreless on its final drive with two minutes remaining.
Clayton will host Garner, and Cardinal Gibbons will welcome Athens Drive, at 7 p.m. on Friday.