COLUMBIA STATION — Two thrillers tonight. The Cleveland Indians rallied from an 8-3 deficit to stun the New York Yankees 9-8 in 13 innings to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series. The Clippers did their own version of a rally tonight, coming back from trailing by 7 by scoring two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes to knock off Columbia, 26-21 to ruin homecoming in Raider Country.
Clearview and Columbia both punted on their opening possessions, but Clearview struck first on the scoreboard on their second possession. Anthony Terry hit Kash Warren for a 49-yard touchdown pass. The Clippers converted the 2-point conversion and led 8-0 after 1.
Early in the second quarter, Terry and Warren connected again, this time from 76 yards. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed the conversion attempt back to the 18 yard line, Clearview missed the 2-point attempt and led 14-0 early in the second quarter.
The Clipper defense stood up early in the half against Columbia, holding the Raiders off the scoreboard. Clearview took nearly 6 minutes off the second quarter clock but failed to score on a long drive covering 50 yards, eventually turning it over on downs.
Columbia took advantage. In their final possession of the first half, Bycznski hit Ross for an 8 yard TD pass with 9 seconds to play, cutting the Clipper lead to 14-6 as Columbia missed the extra point.
Starting the second half with possession, Columbia again drove into the end zone. Alten scored from 9 yards out and Columbia converted a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14. Minutes later, Cole Schwartz scored on a 32-yard touchdown run to give Columbia a 21-14 lead.
The Clipper offense was resilient. Drew Engle’s 3 yard touchdown run capped a 5-minute drive that pulled Clearview to within 1 at 21-20. Clearview missed the 2 point conversion and it stayed 21-20 with 2:59 left in the game.
Clearview attempted an onside kick, but Columbia recovered. Columbia made two critical mistakes on the drive — back-to-back illegal chop block penalties that forced the Raiders back into their own end of the field. After exhausting their timeouts and Columbia running off as much time as they can, Columbia was forced to punt.
The Clippers special teams stepped up! Clearview blocked the punt to set up the offense at the Columbia 29, trailing by a point with 55 seconds and no timeouts. After a couple of plays and clock adjustments, Anthony Terry hit Jordan Reed on a 34 yard touchdown pass with 36 seconds left to put Clearview ahead 26-21. Clearview missed the 2 point conversion attempt.
Columbia’s final attempt to rally came up short. Clearview improves to 6-1 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the PAC. Columbia falls to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the PAC. The win over Columbia was Clearview’s first victory over Columbia since October 2, 2009 when Clearview defeated Columbia 27-7 en route to an 8-2 season.
Clearview hosts Fairview next week in PAC play while Columbia hosts Brooklyn.
Clearview 26, Columbia 21
Clearview 8 6 0 12 26
Columbia 0 6 15 0 21
- CL – Terry to Warren 49 yard TD pass (2 pt conversion good), CL 8-0
- CL – Terry to Warren 74 yd TD pass (2 pt conversion no good), CL 14-0
- CO – Bycznski to Ross 8 yd TD pass (PAT no good), CL 14-6
- CO – Alten 9 yd TD run (2 pt conversion good), Tied 14-14
- CO – Schwartz 32 yd TD run (PAT good), CO 21-14
- CL – Engle 3 yd TD run (2 pt conversion no good), CO 21-20
- CL – Terry to Reed 34 yd TD pass (2 pt conversion no good), CL 26-21