Chillicothe runs past St. Joe Benton

By Matt Gleaves The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: October 20, 2012 - 12:37 AM

Benton coach Matt Tabor has seen more injuries than he cares to remember this season.

Friday provided no relief.


Running back and stabilizing offensive force Dontae White went down after a first-down run early in the second quarter. The junior stayed face down on the turf at Sparks Field for several minutes before Tabor and the medical staff helped him to the sidelines during the Cardinals 21-0 loss to Chillicothe.

The key injury also compounds Benton’s problems heading into next week’s district opener against Platte County, who knocked off Raytown South 25-13 to wrap up the No. 1 seed in Class 4 District 8.

Benton (1-8, 0-7 MEC) entered Friday’s finale already missing six starters, five due to injury and another via suspension. White’s loss limited Benton’s offensive capabilities, allowing Chillictohe’s defense to stymie the Cardinals attack.

“We had five starters already out to start the game,” Tabor said. “And then we lose our best player early in the second quarter to a blown knee. I mean we are young and inexperienced, and we don’t have a lot we can call offensively.”

Chillicothe’s defense all but shut down Benton’s passing game after White’s injury.

Junior defensive back Tyler Clampitt picked off Benton quarterback Zach Alder three plays after the Cardinals star back went off the field, stopping one of two Benton drives inside the red zone.

Clampitt finished with three interceptions, two coming off Alder and another from freshman backup C.J. Reynolds.

“(The interceptions) were huge,” said Clampitt, who also threw for 59 yards and a touchdown. “If we don’t get those, I think its a 21-21 game, and (Benton) is right there with us.”

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