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CLINTON — Josiah McLaurin scored three touchdowns, including one on a 70-yard punt return, Friday night as Clinton shut out West Bladen 68-0 in a Southeastern Athletic Conference football game.

The Dark Horses (4-1 overall, 1-0 SAC) built a 54-0 halftime lead. The second half was played with a running clock.

Quarterback Nydarion Blackwell opened the Clinton scored with a 15-yard keeper less than two minutes into the game.

McLaurin scored his first touchdown on a 5-yard run on Clinton’s next possession, then added his punt return and a 22-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Jeffrey Arnette had a pair of scoring runs in the first half. Ny’shawn Sampson capped the Clinton scoring with a pair of fourth quarter runs.

West Bladen’s offense was led by Tydrick Stewart, who gained 85 yards on 21 carries and caught 5 passes for 72 yards. Quarterback Hunter Hester was 5 of 15 for 47 yards and had two passes intercepted. Hezekiah Adams completed 1 of 3 pass attempts for 19 yards and had a pass interception.

Defensively, Tyler Ward had 5 tackes and Deonte Lacey had 4 tackles for the Knights. Hooper Penrall and Lacey each blocked an extra point attempt by Clinton.

West Bladen (1-4 overall, 0-1 SAC) is idle next Friday and will host rival East Bladen on Sept. 30 at The Castle.

West Bladen  0-  0-0-  0—  0
Clinton          28-26-0-14—68
C — Nydarion Blackwell 15 run (kick blocked)
C — Josiah McLaurin 5 run (McLaurin run)
C — Jeffrey Arnette 10 run (kick blocked)
C — Samir Register 70 interception return (McLaurin run)
C — Amaris Williams 25 pass from Blackwell. (Jacob Baggett kick)
C — McLaurin 70 punt return (kick failed)
C — McLaurin 22 run (Baggett kick)
C — Arnette 20 run (kick failed)
C — Ny’shawn Sampson 3 run (Baggett kick)
C — Ny’shawn Sampson 7 run (Baggett kick)