The Clements and Terry Rangers entered Traylor Stadium Thursday night, wanting early momentum in the 2021 season. A lightning delay killed the game’s momentum in the third quarter and eventually canceled the remainder of the game.
Not before Clements controlled much of the action on both offense and defense in a 21-6 victory, the Rangers scored on three of its first four drives and Clements’ defense held Terry to just over 200 yards of offense.
“We talked about starting fast,” Clements Marcus Darnell. “We have to know how to come out fast, and I think we did that tonight. We scored on three of our first four drives.
“We were battling tough, hard-nosed kids from Terry, and we had to match that intensity and toughness.”
Clements senior Dimas Kusuma broke free for a 32-yard run that helped set up a scoring run by Kusuma from one yard out with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter.
Terry attempted to respond with junior quarterback Jason Cruz under center for his first varsity game.
Sophomore Marcus Townsend ran wide for a 22-yard run and Cruz powered his way to a 14-yard run. The Rangers’ drive stalled on the Clements 13-yard line.
Clements marched the 87 yards down the field with receptions from senior Marcus Darnell, senior Patrick Smith and junior Gabriel Moacyr. Moacyr was wide-open for a 33-yard reception before Smith caught a pass for a 32-yard touchdown with 2:24 left in the first quarter.
Both teams traded punts before senior Micah Darnell connected with Smith again. The senior wide receiver raced down the sideline for a 62-yard touchdown.
Clements led 21-0 with 4:53 remaining in the first half; senior soccer player turned kicker Allison Wang converted all three extra points for the Rangers.
Terry responded down three touchdowns with a just-under four-minute drive to score with 1:14 left the second quarter. Cruz put up a jump ball for senior Alphonso Brown, who out-leaped the Clements defender for a touchdown.
“Our guys didn’t hang their heads tonight when we fell behind early,” Terry head coach Darnell Jackson said. “The senior leadership was staying positive at halftime.”
Clements quickly got inside Terry’s 25-yard with a wide-receiver pass from junior Michael Kasemervisz, but a final first-half pass hit the turf.
Both teams were able to get the ball once in the second half, but the game was brought to a halt with 8:17 remaining in the third quarter. An hour later, the game was called due to lightning continuing to strike around Traylor Stadium.
“I definitely wanted to see how responded,” Jackson said. “I really wanted to see how we finished that game.”
Darnell was 8-of-12 passing for Clements with 214 yards and two touchdowns. Smith caught four passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and he nearly added an interception on defense.
“(Smith) is completely dynamic,” Darnell said. “He is one of the most dynamic players I’ve coached in 20 years.”
Townsend finished with 97 yards on six carries for Terry, while Cruz ran for 42 yards on six carries.
Clements (1-0) will travel to Houston Westbury next week, while Terry (0-1) will turn its focus to the Battle of the ’Berg next Friday against Lamar Consolidated.