NORTON — As Clintwood running back Gavan Meade trudged off the field at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium on Friday night, his white jersey was stained a thousand shades of gray.
Meade’s green No. 11 was barely legible after four quarters of hard-hitting Lonesome Pine District football, but the numbers he put up against J.I. Burton were impossible to miss.
Meade carried the ball 45 times for 209 yards and a touchdown, Clintwood controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the Greenwave handed the Raiders their first loss of the season, a 27-14 setback on Burton’s Homecoming.
The ’Wave ran 80 offensive plays to the Raiders’ 26, gaining 412 yards on long, grueling drives that kept Burton’s potent offense parked on the sideline.
“That was kind of our game plan, to keep the ball away from them with our offense,” Clintwood coach Rick Mullins said. “I thought if we could keep the ball out of their hands and mash on them a little while, that we could wear them down.
“That’s what happened in the second half.”
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