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Clark downs Sierra Vista in defensive struggle

high school football media day 2015

Christopher DeVargas

Clark High School football players Donovan Jackson and Amir Boone before the 2015 Season.

Sierra Vista opened up the game against Clark with an impressive touchdown drive to take a 6-0 lead.

That would be the last time the Mountain Lions would step foot in the end zone Friday night, as the Chargers defense stiffened and led Clark to a 14-6 win.

Not only did Clark’s defense hold Sierra Vista scoreless for the majority of the game, it scored what was eventually the game-winning touchdown when Brendon Jackson forced a fumble and Nick Kinnard returned it 20 yards for the score.

“The whole game was really a good defensive battle by both teams,” Clark coach Don Willis said.

The touchdown gave the Chargers a 7-6 halftime lead, and they leaned on their running game from there.

Senior running back Milan Dixon finished with 85 rushing yards, but Willis insisted that his consistent production throughout, despite nursing an ankle injury, was one of the keys for Clark.

Fellow senior back Robert A’Hearn finished the Mountain Lions off with a 4-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes to play.

"Both defenses played really well. I kind of felt like both defenses bent, but when the offenses got inside the 30 the defenses played better," Willis said.

The win was not only the Chargers’ first league win, but it snapped a three-game losing streak and brought them back to .500 for the year.

Clark now has an opportunity to start a winning streak, when it takes on winless Western next week.

Jesse Granger can be reached at 702-259-8814 or [email protected]. Follow Jesse on Twitter at twitter.com/JesseGranger_.

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