Clippers advance in 8-man playoffs with 28-18 triumph over Milledgeville

Amboy linebacker Joe Quest puts a big hit on Milledgeville quarterback Connor Nye during an 8-man playoff game on Nov. 6 at the AHS field. (News photo)

AMBOY – Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio and Milledgeville split their two football games this season. Fortunately for the Clippers, they won the most important one.

Trying to avenge a week two 24-12 loss to the Missiles, Amboy hit on three big scoring plays and the defense was able to contain the high-flying Milledgeville offense, and the result was a 28-18 Clipper victory in the second round of the Illinois 8-Man Football Association playoffs on Nov. 6 at the AHS field.

The win propelled the 10th-seeded Clippers (7-4) into the semifinal-round where they will host third-seeded Orangeville (10-1). The date and time of the game is yet to be determined. The Broncos defeated Amboy, 55-6, in a week eight contest at Orangeville. The second-seeded Missiles bowed out of the playoffs with a 9-2 record.

Milledgeville entered the game averaging 46 points per game, but the Missile offense never really took off until the fourth quarter against the hard-hitting Amboy defense. By that time, the Clippers had built a comfortable three-touchdown lead, and the 12-minute final frame just wasn’t enough for the Missiles to stage a comeback against Amboy.

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