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Corinth Holders rolls past Clayton

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The Corinth Holders football team beat Clayton for only the second time in school history on Wednesday night in a 21-13 victory that was tight from start to finish.

“I’m so excited for our kids,” head coach Adam Khavari said. “They’ve worked so hard, been through a lot, especially our start off this way has been a huge positive for us.”

The Pirates (3-0) jumped out to an early lead scoring in the first quarter on a pass from quarterback Matt Cozart to Marcus Bland. The Comets scored their first touchdown of the game, busting up the Pirates in coverage for a long score. 

By the second quarter, Bland scored his second touchdown after Cozart took off on a quarterback keeper and crossed the line of scrimmage, but lateraled to Bland for the score. After the touchdown, the team took a 14-6 lead into the half. 

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Jeffrey Palmer blocked a punt in the fourth that was scooped up by Langston Robinson for the Pirates’ last touchdown. Shortly after, Clayton broke through again for a long touchdown run.

In the victory, Khavari was impressed with the way Kambron Whitaker ran the ball as he opened the running game when the passing game wasn’t always open. Khavari did not have his final rushing totals calculated as of Wednesday night, but thought his contributions really helped his team to the win.

“Kambron Whitaker had a heck of a game,” Khavari said. “He ran the ball really well for us.”

On the defensive side, Dashon Bell intercepted two passes to add to a third turnover forced by Palmer that helped the Pirates score the winning touchdown. 

After the win, the Pirates enter a bye week. They’ll take the field again on Sept. 20 traveling to another 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference oppponent in Smithfield-Selma (1-2).