Clippers defeat state champs to open season


POLO – The Amboy-LaMoille-Ohio Clippers are off to a great start this 2022 football season after rolling over Polo, 28-12, on Aug. 26 at Polo. The Marcos are fresh off of an Illinois 8-man state championship in 2021.

The Clippers, who advanced to the 8-man semifinals last season, made a statement early in the contest when they scored two of their touchdowns within the first four minutes of the game.

Amboy took its opening possession and needed only four plays to get in the end zone. Senior quarterback Tucker Lindenmeyer did the honors when he bolted 33 yards to paydirt with less than two minutes gone in the game.

The Clipper defense also proved to be stout when it got a big stop on a Polo fourth down try at the Marcos’ 30-yard line, and Amboy’s offense was in business again. This time, Lindenmeyer showed he’s equally adept at throwing the football when he hooked up with Brennan Blaine on the first play of the drive for a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Clippers in front 12-0 with just over eight minutes left in the opening stanza.

After Amboy’s defense put the clamps on a long Polo drive that advanced to the Clipper 27, the Marcos were able to get the ball right back when they intercepted a Lindenmeyer pass near the midfield stripe. Polo was able to take advantage of that Amboy miscue when it scored on a 10-play, 48-yard drive, culminated by an 11-yard TD run.

But Amboy’s offense was back at it again on its ensuing possession as it marched 69 yards in 10 plays, the finale being a 10-yard touchdown strike from Lindenmeyer to Blaine. Pounding runs by fullback Quinn Leffelman aided the drive. The Clippers made good on the two-point conversion and they led 20-6.

One last first-half scoring attempt by the home team was thwarted when Lindenmeyer picked off a Polo pass at the Clipper 5-yard line and the teams headed to the locker room with Amboy up by a pair of touchdowns.

Each team scored one second-half touchdown. Amboy struck first when Kye Koch raced 55 yards to the end zone with 7:35 left in the third period.

Polo’s final TD came late in the fourth frame when it capped off a time-consuming 89-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run at the 2:49 mark.

Lindenmeyer paced the Clippers with 76 yards rushing and 74 yards passing. Koch (75 yards) and Leffelman (61 yards) also had nice games running the football, while Blaine hauled in all three of Lindenmeyer’s pass completions.

The Clippers will be back in action for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 2 against Hanover (River Ridge) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Wildcats dropped their season-opener to South Beloit, 42-36.

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