Ross Clifton's TD turns tide for Heritage Hall in win over Davis

BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Published: September 16, 2011
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Ross Clifton isn't the fastest player on Heritage Hall by a longshot.

But after Clifton returned a pooch kick 70 yards for a touchdown in Heritage Hall's 29-13 win over Davis on Friday night, he turned some heads.

“Everybody always talks about him not being fast, but he showed people tonight,” Chargers wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “That was huge right there. It turned the game around.”

Heritage Hall doesn't find themselves in tight games very often.

But late in the first half, Davis finished off an 18-play drive that lasted nearly nine minutes with a touchdown to pull within two points.

Chargers coach Andy Bogert was heading out of his press box seat to the locker room for the halftime talk.

Davis (2-1) wasn't going to risk kicking it deep to Shepard, and Clifton was prepared to call for a fair catch before seeing some daylight in front of him.

“There was nobody there so I figured I'd try it,” Clifton said. “I turned left, turned right and there was just a huge hole there.

“Right when I hit the crease I knew I had a chance.”

After making some defensive adjustments to defend against the Wolves' wishbone offense at halftime, the Chargers scored early in the second half and, Davis never threatened the lead.

Shepard caught six passes for 154 yards, including a diving 35-yard touchdown catch that put Heritage Hall ahead 29-7 in the fourth.

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