Tina Atkins/For the Times Red Boiling Springs High sophomore defensive back Christian White tackles Clay County wide receiver Alec Kerr.

Tina Atkins/For the Times

Red Boiling Springs High sophomore defensive back Christian White tackles Clay County wide receiver Alec Kerr.

CELINA - The Red Boiling Springs High football team expected a stiff challenge in its season finale at Clay County last Friday evening.

"They have a good quarterback and some playmakers that are going to make things difficult for us," Bulldog head coach Matt Swoner said before the game.

Those playmakers were too much for RBS to contend with as Clay County dominated play, combining for more than 300 yards of total offense and shutting out the Red Boiling Springs offense in a 48-0 victory.

"It was a tough night for us," Swoner said. "We had some injuries early on and never recovered mentally or physically after that."

Clay County took its opening possession and scored on seven-play, 60-yard drive and never looked back.

Clay County improved to 7-3 overall and to 4-1 in Region 4-1A. Clay County enters the Class 1A playoffs as the No. 2 seed from 4-1A and thus will host Sale Creek -- the No. 3 seed from Region 3-1A -- in Friday evening's opening round.

However, Red Boiling Springs (1-8 overall, 1-4 in 4-1A) responded with its deepest progression of the night.

RBS converted on a fourth-and-2 play with a pass-and-catch from eighth-grade quarterback Aubrey Link to senior tight end Walker Reynolds for a 30-yard gain down to the Clay County 4 yard line.

However, RBS was unable to take advantage of its good fortune as Clay County's defense kept the RBS offense out of the end zone on the ensuing four plays.

Clay County led 6-0 after one period of play, but on the first play of the second quarter, the host squad was able to find the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

Red Boiling Springs, with three of its team leaders injured early on (Reynolds, senior Dalton Thompson and junior Dylen Templeton) and sidelined for the remainder of the game, had a tough time moving the ball offensively.

"We lost those three, and it really was tough after that," Swoner said.

Clay County forced RBS into a series of three-and-outs and capitalized on its ensuing offensive possessions, extending the lead to 28-0 by halftime.

Clay County's defense did the same in the second half, and its offense was ready to capitalize.

Clay County added three more touchdowns in the second half to create the final margin of victory.

Red Boiling Springs was led on defense by junior Devin Justice with a season and career-high of 12 tackles.

"Devin played well tonight and he has all season," Swoner said.

RBS ended its 16-game winning streak with a 26-21 victory over visiting Pickett County one week earlier.

The Bulldogs lose six seniors to graduation -- Reynolds, Thompson, Bradly Atkins, Logan Graves, Austin Hudgins and Zach Swank.