MORRISON - The Amboy/LaMoille Clippers proved they are for real after claiming a 24-12 victory at Morrison in Big Rivers Conference action on Sept. 30 at Morrison.
A/L upped its records to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference, and will be heading back to the playoffs after missing out on the post-season party last year.
While it looked like the two teams were going to play to a 0-0 stalemate in the first half, the Clippers broke the scoreless tie with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Powers to Taylor Ikens with just 22.6 seconds left before intermission. The PAT kick was no good.
Morrison evened things up in the third period when it scored on an 18-yard pass, but the Mustangs had their kick blocked by Bailey Appleman to keep the score deadlocked.
The Clippers were able to score the next two touchdowns to open up some daylight. The first came in the third quarter when Appleman plunged in from the 1-yard line on a fourth-down play. Amboy/LaMoille also converted another fourth down during the drive. The extra-point kick was no good.
The game spilled over into the fourth quarter and the Clippers used up over seven minutes of the clock on a drive that ultimately ended on a 4-yard touchdown run by Cooper Nelson with just 4:44 left in the contest. A/L went for two on the conversion, but the pass failed. The Clippers picked up a huge fourth-and-one at the Morrison 28-yard line to keep the drive going.
But Morrison wasn't through. The defending Class 2A state champions struck back quickly on a 54-yard touchdown pass just 12 seconds after the Clippers had made it a two-touchdown advantage.
However, Amboy/LaMoille was able to lock away the victory when Nelson rambled 46 yards deep into Morrison territory to set up a 3-yard TD run by Appleman with three minutes to play. The two-point run came up short.
On the Mustangs' ensuing possession, Amboy/LaMoille's Austin Cover picked off a pass to put the capper on the Clippers' victory.
The Clippers ended the contest with 314 total yards, including 246 yards on the ground in 49 rushing attempts. Morrison managed 212 yards, with 153 of them coming through the air.
A/L returns to action on Friday, Oct. 5 when it hosts St. Bede at the AHS field. Sophomore kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.