The Clifton Cubs have been a slow starting football team for the entire 2020 season. However, Friday, the Cubs made amends for a surprising loss the week before by beating Florence at Cub Stadium in front of an enthusiastic homecoming crowd.
Clifton dominated Florence 41- 3 and looked like a team that was not in a good mood looking for someone to take out their frustrations.
“We emphasized all week we needed to get off to a good start and we did, plus we experienced very few negative plays,” Coach Chuck Caniford told the Record.
After the Rogers game Caniford told the team, “The most important thing we have to do is turn the page quickly, it’s critical.” The coaching staff must have got their point across because the kids responded just like Caniford hoped.
Clifton’s team effort was led by sophomore Joe Taylor’s play on both sides of the ball. Taylor was very physical in practice all week and it showed in the game. He rushed for over 100 yards and had eight tackles on defense.
“It wasn’t just the number of tackles but when a player makes a big time tackle, sometimes it gets the entire team fired up and that happened Friday night,” Caniford said of Taylor.
This week Clifton takes on Buffalo who comes into the game 6 – 0 and boasts the best record the DISTRICT 13-3A DIV. II, one of the toughest 3A districts in the state.
Caniford said he doesn’t know of a district tougher than ours. On top of Buffalo, the district also includes Lexington and Franklin which statewide polls have ranked as the 8th and 9th best 3A DIVISION II teams in the state.
However, Caniford added, “I don’t put much emphasis on rankings because most of the people doing the ranking have never seen the teams they are voting on.”
The rest of the 2020 season will be against challengers who are talented, well coached and have great traditions of playing winning football, so as Caniford points out, “we have to play good all four quarters if we are going to win.”