(Photo by Chris Pobst)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central Eagles sophomore TJ Clark was the definition of an all-purpose player Friday night.
Clark, who stands at 5-8, 145-pounds, scored three touchdowns and gave the Eagles a two-score cushion in the second half as the Eagles defeated Dexter, 28-13 at New Madrid County Central High School.
NMCC (2-4) was out-gained by over 100 yards -- 325 to 216 -- but were able to find pay dirt when Dexter couldn't.
Clark was NMCC's opportunistic playmaker answering Dexter's first score with a 90-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
Following a 7-7 tie at halftime and a 14-13 NMCC lead in the third quarter, Clark expanded the Eagles' lead with a 17-yard touchdown run just before the final period.
Clark sealed the game with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles ran for 186 yards with Mikeal Walker leading the way with 48. Clark had 46 rushing yards, Malik Stevenson had 44 and quarterback Jashawn McDaniel attributed 39.
Dexter quarterback DJ Dowdy threw for 192 yards and one touchdown. The Bearcats (1-5) were led by Chase Young's 89 yards on the ground. Young also caught five passes for 132 yards.
D -- Chase Young 77 run (Brad Wick kick good), 2:41
N -- TJ Clark 90 kickoff return (Adam Cooksey kick good), 2:23
N -- Mikeal Walker 11 run (Cooksey kick), 5:32
D -- DJ Dowdy 84 pass to Chase Young (kick failed), 4:27
N -- TJ Clark 17 run (Cooksey kick), 1:59
N -- TJ Clark 63 interception return (Cooksey kick), 1:59
Rushing -- Dexter, DJ Dowdy 13-(-19), Ryan Joyner 10-47, Chase Young 5-89, Jonathan Foels 5-12, Brad Wick 3-7, Ethan Stevens 1 -3. NMCC, Jashawn McDaniel 11-39, Mikeal Walker 10-48, TJ Clark 6-46, Stanley Smith 3-9, Corey Guest 3-0, Malik Stevenson 2-44.
Passing -- Dexter, DJ Dowdy 7-20-2 192. NMCC, Jashawn McDaniel 2-9-0 30.
Receiving -- Dexter, Chase Young 5-132, Jonathan Foels 1-0, Austin Aldridge 1-60. NMCC, Corey Guest 1-19, TJ Clark 1-11.