FRANKLINTON — The Clayton White Comets used a pair of long fourth down touchdown runs in their contest against Wendell in the East Wake Football League Mighty Mite Super Bowl to cap off a perfect season with an 18-6 victory.
Dashawn Hinton turned in runs of 32 and 27 yards within a span of 2:09 in the final quarter to help Clayton finally get past a tough Rams’ squad that did a good job of taking away the Comets’ rushing attack for much of the afternoon.
On fourth down and eight on the Wendell 32-yardline, the Comets called for a reverse that got the ball to Hinton in stride and the running back did the rest in breaking down the sideline for the go-ahead score.
Cullen Cunningham recovered the ball on the ensuing kickoff for the Comets and Hinton pulled off some fourth down magic yet again, this time finding the end zone from 27 yards out on a pivotal fourth-and-four with seven and a half minutes left to play.
“Our boys just have great heart, great chemistry and great personality,” beamed Clayton coach Dexter Curry. “They came out and showed what Clayton football is all about.”
Wendell football is all about power, but the Rams had a difficult time consistently creating enough room for running back Joshua Pullen. When Pullen did see daylight, the power back chewed up the yards to the tune of 78 yards on 15 attempts.
Pullen drew Wendell even midway through the third quarter on a 21-yard scamper down the sideline after Clayton’s David Brees put the Comets ahead late in the second quarter with a seven-yard rushing score of his own.
After Pullen’s score, however, Clayton (11-0) kept the ball for the next eight plus minutes thanks to the 10-play scoring drive that gave them the lead and subsequent fumble recovery that prevented the Rams from getting a chance to answer right away.
The loss was the first of the season for the previously undefeated Wendell team.
“We never could get into our type of play, our chemistry wasn’t there,” said Wendell coach Tookie Gulley. “Things just didn’t go our way tonight.
“We had a fantastic season; we just played a great ball club today.”
Lucas Crickmore played a solid game for the Rams (10-1) and figured in on half a dozen tackles.
Hinton led the Comets with 72 yards rushing on 13 carries while Cameren McKinnon helped milk the clock with 31 additional hard-fought yards.