Monday, September 17, 2018

Eagles get on track in Waynesboro for first win

From staff reports:

Peyton Rutherford 176 yards and 3 TD's   Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
The Clarke County Eagles (1-2) broke the ice as they won their first game of the season with a convincing 49-7 win at Waynesboro (0-4). The game was played on Thursday night for cautionary reasons due to Hurricane Florence.*

The Eagles Peyton Rutherford rushed for 176 yards on 12 carries and scored three times on the night.

The Eagles scored on their opening drive and never looked  back, leading 42-0 at the half.

Colby Childs 8 of 11 for 143 yards and 2 TD's  Photo by Doug Aylestock
Quarterback Colby Childs was 8 of 11 for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. Danny Lyman caught both touchdowns of 65 and 50 yards. Childs also added a touchdown on the ground. Evan Nichols scored the final touchdown for Clarke.

Clarke produced 427 yards offense, 284 rushing, 143 passing to Waynesboro's 205. 201 rushing, 4 passing.

The Eagles return home to "the Felt" on Friday night to host the Washington WV Patriots. Kickoff is set for 7:30PM at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium on Westwood Road in Berryville.  It is the Eagles Homecoming.

Photo's by Doug Aylestock / Clarke County Sports

Doug's complete game photo gallery can be viewed at his Photography Concepts website:

*Editors note..Due to the schedule change the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week was not able to attend the Waynesboro game. Clarke County Sports senior photographer Doug Aylestock was on hand for photographic coverage. The Game of the Week will resume this weekend when the Washington, WV Patriots come to "the Felt". Friday is the Eagles Homecoming.

Clarke County Sports Locker Room Show 9 16 18

LANDOVER, Md.- The Washington Redskins opened their 2018 home season, falling 21 to 9 to the Indianapolis Colts. Redskins Mason Foster, Josh Norman, Brandon Scherff, Vernon Davis, and D.J. Swearinger speak with the media after the game.  Check back for more game coverage to include story, stat's and photo's.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Eagles football game switched to Thursday

BLUEMONT, Va.-  Clarke County High School Athletic Director Casey Childs announced yesterday that the Eagles game at Waynesboro High School has been changed to Thursday night at 7:00PM due to the impending bad weather, any changes will be announced.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Eagles start out fast but lose momentum falling to Handley

Peyton Rutherford scores 4 touchdowns  Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
BERRYVILLE, Va.- After a disappointing opening loss to Dominion, the Clarke County Eagles hoped to rebound on Friday as the opened their 2018 home season against local rival Handley. The Eagles fell late and the Judges came away with a 41-35 win.

Clarke County (0-2) started out strong scoring on their opening drive behind the power running of Peyton Rutherford. Rutherford scored the first of his four touchdowns going in from three yards out at 7:56 and with Nick Bahamonde's PAT led 7-0.

"We had the game and we let them back in," Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "It was a tough agonizing loss."

Handley (3-0) did not take long to strike back scoring just two plays and 40 seconds later when Malachi Imoh rambled 77 yards breaking several tackles along the way. The PAT failed and Clarke held a slim 7-6 lead.

Imoh went in for his second score and ran in the two point conversion to give Handley their first lead with 2:37 to go in the quarter.

The Eagles defense controlled the second quarter   Photo by Doug Aylestock
Clarke then played their best ball of the game, starting a drive a the end of the quarter that culminated with a 1 yard Rutherford plunge. The Eagles scored three times in the second period holding Handley scoreless to take the momentum and a 28-14 lead into the locker room.

"We started off strong in the game in the first two quarters," Rutherford said. "We were killing them, and they just came out in the second half and beat us.

The Eagles defense was able to stuff the middle of the line forcing a couple turnovers, enabling Kyle Baylor to score from 12 yards and Rutherford added his third score a 5 yard run with 30 seconds to go in the half. For the second time in two games this season the Eagles scored just prior to the half ending and went in with the game momentum.

Colby Childs breaks to the outside      Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
After coming out of the gates strong in the early third quarter, the Eagles went up 35-14 after Rutherford bulled in from one yard out. Rutherford ended up with 130 yards rushing. Baylor added 92.

It was all Handley after that. The Judges scored four unanswered touchdowns with quarterback Jacob Parker throwing 4 touchdowns in the second half, 3 in the fourth quarter.

D1 prospect Kevin Curry had three of those touchdown receptions and D'Andre James had one.

"I talked to the team, I didn't sugar coat it," Parker said. "It was tough, gut wrenching loss. We did some good things, and we need to correct some things."

Parker also went on to tell his team after the game that with an 0-2 start, the team's true character would be tested and they can start on making things right as they travel to Waynesboro next Friday.

Quarterback Colby Childs was 4 for 7 passing for 27 yards and added 23 yards rushing, summed things up for the team this way.

"We've just got to forgot about this game and keep practicing like we have been," Childs said. "We've just got to have each other's backs. If we do that the whole game, we'll win."

Kick off at Waynesboro is set for 7:00 PM

Kyle Baylor looks to daylight                      Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS

Danny Lyman played a solid game                                                  Photo by Doug Aylestock  /  CCS

More of Doug Aylestock's game photo's can be viewed at his Photography Concepts page below:

Game Highlights and Post Game interviews can be viewed below:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week Post Game Show

BERRYVILLE, Va.-  The Clarke County Eagles fell at the hands of the Handley Judges on Friday night at "the Felt"41-35. Handley scored four unanswered touchdowns after trailing 35-14 in the third quarter.

Peyton Rutherford scored four touchdowns for the Eagles and Kyle Baylor added another. Kicker Nick "Baha" Bahamonde kicked 6 consecutive kick off's out of the end zone.

The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week Post Game interviews can be viewed below. Appearing are Peyton Rutherford, Colby Childs, and Coach Chris Parker.

 Check back for more game coverage including video highlights and Doug Aylestock's photography.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Titans take control late to hand Eagles defeat

Colby Childs leads the Eagles offensive attack   
                   Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
STERLING PARK, Va.-  The Clarke County Eagles (0-1) opened their 2018 season on a field that will not see many if any more Friday night football games.

The Eagles faced the Dominion Titans (1-0) at Park View High School, due to the fact Dominion's field is undergoing conversion to artificial turf and was not ready for their home opener so the game was played at the crosstown Patriot's Stadium. With Dominion coming out on top with a 25-14 win.

Last year the two teams opened their seasons in Berryville with the Eagles pulling a stunning 39-24 upset after trailing at the half.

It looked as the Eagles may pull off another upset as they led 14-3 at the half, and 14-10 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The Titans were able to pull away in the 4th quarter scoring two touchdowns, even a bad snap on an extra point turned into a two point conversion the Titans.

"I'm proud of the way our guys played tonight,"Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "They never gave up and fought hard the entire game, that's Clarke County Football."

Dominion took advantage of good field position and scored a field goal on their opening drive.

Clarke then put together two impressive drives with quarterback Colby Childs hitting Kyle Baylor, who went high and made an athletic catch at the one and went in for the Eagles first score.

"We came in as underdogs, nobody gave us a chance," Childs said. "We all played hard and Kyle [Baylor] made a great play on the touchdown pass."

Childs was 9 of 13 passing for 105 yards and 1 td and also mixed it up well gaining another 28 yards on 9  carries.

Peyton Rutherford fights for yardage   Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS
The Eagles got their other score at the end of the first half when Peyton Rutherford burst in from the 2 yard line.

The Eagles coaching staff used good clock management stopping the clock at 2 seconds after a Childs scramble to the ball to the 2 yard line.

Rutherford ended up with 83 yards on 26 carries and 1 td. The leading rusher for Clarke also had several good plays on the Eagles defensive side of the ball.

Running back Kyle Baylor also performed well going both ways and returning punts and kicks. Baylor 52 yards on 10 carries and caught 4 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.
Kyle Baylor runs to daylight               Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS

Hydration became an issue for both teams midway through the quarter with several key players missing some downs.

"Hydration is not something you can get around by conditioning," Parker said. "Our guys are in great shape and we have been conditioning very hard but they gave it everything they had and it took it's toll, but our guys never stopped."

Peyton Rutherford played hard on both sides of the ball making a tackle        Photo by Doug Aylestock / CCS

The Eagles were supposed to travel this week to Manassas Park. That game has been cancelled due to the fact Manassas Park cancelled their season for lack of participation. The Eagles will play West Point on the final week of the season, their original bye date.

The Eagles, off this week will return to home to "the Felt" on Friday September 7 to host the Handley Judges who defeated Warren County 15-14 in a thriller at the Handley Bowl. Kickoff is 7:30PM

Doug Aylestock's complete game gallery can be seen at his Photography Concepts Facebook Page:

Game Highlights Can be viewed below on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Redskins slug out last second win over Jets

Dustin Hopkins 5 for 5        Doug Aylestock / CCS
LANDOVER, Md.- The Washington Redskins had a chance to look at most of their squad as they opened their home preseason against the New York Jets on Thursday August 16. Dustin Hopkins kicked 5 field goals, including the game winner with no time remaining.

When asked about Hopkins 40 yard winning field goal Redskins head coach Jay Gruden had this to say, "We evaluate all the situations, so it’s important. It’s a big kick for [Dustin] [Hopkins], a big snap for [Nick] Sundberg, and a big hold for Tress Way. I don’t care, its still good work for them. There’s big time protection on that play."

Most of the starters saw limited action and the offense scored on their opening drive as Alex Smith played his only series of the night going 4 of 6 for 48 yards and a qb rating of 91.

The drive stalled and the Redskins got the first of their five field goals. Smith was welcomed to Washington with a sack on his first play from scrimmage.

Alex Smith 4 of 6 for 48 yards                      Doug Aylestock  / CCS
“To be honest, you know, it’s almost a blessing to go out there. You haven’t played in a long time; you haven’t taken a hit. We’ve been wearing, you know, yellow jerseys all off-season and to kind of get that first shot, get the completion, it was nice."Smith said, "A nice way to start it off kind of get the cob webs out, get you back into football mode right away."

Colt McCoy received the most work of the quarterback trio. McCoy had a decent night going 12 of 16 for 140 yards and 1 interception. McCoy and the Redskins second unit played much of the time against the Jet's first unit.

McCoy hit wide receiver Cam Sims for a touchdown, but it was called back on a penalty against the Redskins.

"Well, I wish I would have seen the catch. I think we got the penalty for it, and we got a lot of yards out of it.”McCoy said.

Rookie linebacker Jarod Fernandez out of NC State paced the defense with 3 solo tackles, 3 assists, and 2 sacks. Troy Apke and Prince Charles Iworah each had an interception for the Redskins defense.

Samjae Perine battles with Jets defender Doug Middleton                                      Doug Aylestock / CCS
Trey Quinn "Mr. Irrelevant" makes a clutch catch on final drive                             Doug Aylestock  /  CCS

To view Doug's complete photo gallery from the game go to:

The Clarke County Sports Locker Room show can be viewed below

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hokie rookies look to make impact at training camp

RICHMOND, Va.- Three rookies are trying to break into the 2018 Washington Redskins lineup, and all three are on the defense.
Rookie lineman Tim Settle             Doug Aylestock / CCS

Defensive linemen Tim Settle was drafted in the fifth round, and defensive back Greg Stroman was drafted in the seventh round. Adonis Alexander was a sixth round supplemental draft choice and missed all of the OTA's and mini camp. Alexander signed with the team just prior to the start of training camp.

Settle, a Stonewall Jackson (Manassas) graduate, Settle did not play as a true freshman in 2015 and chose to redshirt.

As a redshirt freshman in 2016, Settle played in all 14 of Virginia Tech's games, recording 17 tackles (seven for loss), two quarterback hurries and one blocked kick. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman Second-Team.

In 2017, as a redshirt sophomore, he played in 13 games, tallying 36 tackles (12.5 for loss), four sacks, one pass deflection, two quarterback hurries, and one blocked kick. Following the season, he was named to the 2017 All-ACC Second-Team. On January 4, 2018, Settle decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the draft.(1)

Rookie DB Greg Stroman                 Doug Aylestock / CCS
Stroman originally also attended Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas. As a freshman, Stroman made an immediate impact for the Hokies on special teams as he fielded 36 punts for 249 yards. In his sophomore season, he recorded 27 punt returns for 109 yards and collecting 24 tackles on defense.

In his junior season, Stroman tied for second in the ACC in both pass breakups (11, including one for a touchdown) and interceptions (four for 47 yards). He added 20 total tackles and 36 punts returned for 397 yards and two touchdowns on special teams. Stroman ranks second all-time in Virginia Tech history with six career return scores, trailing just DeAngelo Hall (seven). In the 2015 Independence Bowl against Tulsa, he had a career-long punt return of 67 yards. (1)

Alexander, from Charlotte, NC attended Independence High School. Alexander played in 34 games for Virginia Tech, recording 35 tackles and 7 interceptions. (2)

The rookies all spoke with the media after Saturday's practice, that video can be seen below.

(1) Wikipedia (Settle, Stroman Bios)

(2) (Alexander Stats)