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Clinton throws 'Darko into whirlwind

The Clinton Tornadoes sure threw visiting Anadarko into a whirlwind on Friday night in a marquee rivalry game. This year's saga was won by Clinton, 29-28, in down-to-the-wire fashion.

It wasn't necessarily the result that Anadarko (1-1) head coach Kent Jackson and the players were hoping for, but it is something they can all build off of moving forward.

"When you have heart and character, you can't coach that. We have that," Jackson said. "Now we just need to execute better on the field and put it together with our heart and character."

The will to win was there for 'Darko. The Warriors just suffered a couple execution lapses that would end up costing them.

Perhaps what cost them the most was when Clinton scored 21 unanswered points before halftime. That surge was capped off by a punt return touchdown to trim the Warriors' lead to 22-21.

It was neck-and-neck the rest of the way as Clinton took a touchdown lead in the second half. 'Darko had multiple chances, but after fumbling the ball midway through the fourth, its winning chances looked grim.

But the Warriors' defense held firm and with three minutes left 'Darko got the ball back and scored with just 20 seconds left. 'Darko went for the two-point conversion but didn't make it, ultimately leaving the Warriors one point short in a heartbreaking defeat.

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