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Victoria's Home Winning Streak Snapped by Clifton-Clyde

Victoria High SchoolVICTORIA-In a battle of undefeated teams, the Clifton-Clyde Eagles met the 5th-ranked Victoria Knights in an 8-Man Division l showdown Friday night.

The visiting Eagles overcame numerous penalties and a muddy field on their way to a 28-14 victory at Victoria High School.  The two teams traded drives through much of the first quarter without finding the end zone until Clifton-Clyde drew first blood with 15 seconds left in the first quarter on an 11-yard run by Kamron Knox. The two-point conversion was no good leaving the Eagles with a 6-0 lead.

Midway though the second quarter, the Knights evened the score on a four-yard run by Jayvon Pruitt but Victoria was unable to record the two-point conversion.  Clifton-Clyde then regained the lead late in the first half when the Eagles drove 67 yards in eight plays with Quarterback Aiden Rudolph scoring on a 35-yard run and with the two-point conversion, Clifton-Clyde carried a 14-6 advantage into intermission.

On their first series of the third quarter, Clifton-Clyde expanded their lead on an eight-yard run by Rudolph and another two pointer to lead 22-6.  Later in the quarter, Victoria threatened but the Knights turned the ball over on downs at the Clifton-Clyde 12-yard line ending a drive that had been kept alive on a muffed punt by the Eagles' Jett Skocny.  With 9:41 left in the fourth quarter, Victoria closed the gap on Pruitt's three-yard run and the two point conversion to trim the Clifton-Clyde lead to 22-14.

The key play of the game occurred with 1:17 remaining on a fourth and three at the 40-yard line when Rudolph found a hole up the middle and scored his third touchdown of the game to clinch the win for the Eagles.  

Pruitt led the Knights in rushing with 85 yards on 20 carries and his two scores, but Victoria's normally explosive offense was held to just 179 yards by a stingy Clifton-Clyde defense.  Quarterback Grant Schoenrock completed one pass in eight attempts for 19 yards.  For Clifton-Clyde, Rudolph carried the load tallying 168 yards on 30 carries to go along with his three scores.

Victoria (4-1, 1-1) saw their 13-game home winning streak come to an end.  The Knights had last lost a game on their home field on October 14, 2016 when Osborne defeated Victoria 54-8.

The Knights will hit the road next Friday to play at Washington County, a 50-6 winner over Lincoln on Friday while Clifton-Clyde (5-0, 2-0) returns home to face Stockton.

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