Bad defense and turnovers Friday caused the Oberlin Phoenix to fall 43-13 to the Clearview Clippers.
Clippers running back Drew Engle strung out the Phoenix defense with sweeps throughout the game, while running back Kahliel Fenderson ran effectively up the middle. Both helped Clearview score on its first possession.
The 75-yard drive was capped by a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Terry Anthony, who found receiver Zavier Tatum-Felder in the right corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
On the next possession, Phoenix running back Devan Yarber fumbled and Clippers linebacker James Nolan recovered at midfield. Engle then ran right, broke a tackle, and raced down the sideline for a 50-yard score.
“I saw a hole on the right, one of their linebackers came over and he tried to hit high,” said Engle, who rushed 18 times for 156 yards. “I bounced off and took it to the house.”
The extra point give Clearview a 14-0 lead with 10:49 remaining the in the second quarter.
“Hey, 13. Move on,” Phoenix coach Garrett Mack told the talented but temperamental Yarber as he lined up to receive the kickoff after the Clippers touchdown. “We’re OK.”
But the Phoenix followed with another costly turnover. Quarterback David Payne hung a pass down the left sideline, which defensive back Demitrius DeAlmeida stepped in front of at the Phoenix 45-yard line.
DeAlmeida sprinted down the sideline then cut back across the field around the 15 yard line and scored a touchdown. The extra point was wide left giving Clearview a 20-0 lead.
A bad snap on a Clippers punt allowed the Phoenix to take over at the Clearview 38 and they capitalized. Oberlin drove for a touchdown as Payne — who caught a high snap — threw nine yards over the middle to tight end Journey Toole. The extra point made it 20-7 Clearview to end the half.
On the Phoenix’s first possession of the third quarter, Yarber ran for a 65-yard touchdown on a draw play. The extra point was no good, but Oberlin had closed Clearview’s lead to 20-13.
But the comeback faltered.
With Oberlin pinned deep in its own territory, Yarber was tackled for a safety and Clearview doubled down on a 22-13 lead.
After a short free kick, Clearview drove for another score as Terry hit DeAlmedia on a right slant route for a 10-yard TD. Receiver Jamel Billings caught a two-point conversion from Terry and Clearview led 30-13 with 15 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
With Oberlin (2-4) pinned deep on fourth down, a botched punt led to linebacker Ray Wade falling on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Terry missed the extra point, but the Clippers led 36-13.
After Nolan intercepted Payne and ran it back to the Phoenix 16 yard line, Fenderson ran up the middle for three-yards to cross the goal line. Terry made the extra point, giving Clearview a 43-13 lead.
The Clippers were just 1-4 entering the game and Mack was disappointed in the outcome. He challenged his players after the game. “You’ve got to want it,” Mack said.
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Photos by Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune Yarber was a workhorse for Oberlin, carrying the ball on most of the team’s runs and catching a few screen passes.