SMITHFIELD -- The best thing about career win No. 200 for Clayton head coach Gary Fowler was that it was win No. 6 this season, which made the Comets winners for the season.
Clayton topped rival Smithfield-Selma 38-13 Friday night, earning the Comets (6-5 overall, 4-3 Greater Neuse River 4-A) a playoff spot as the league's No. 3 finisher.
The victory also gives the Comets their first winning season at the 4-A level and their first winning regular-season since 2005. Fowler, a Smithfield-Selma graduate oddly enough, has coached the Comets since 1985, through the 2-A, 3-A and 4-A ranks.