Monday, October 23, 2017

Eagles win big at Madison

Kyle Baylor paced the Eagles with 3 picks and 4 scores         Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
MADISON, Va.- The Clarke County Eagles had all phases of the game working as they toppled the Madison County Mountaineers 61-10, spoiling former Eagle great Chandler Rhoads first time coaching against his former school.

Kyle Baylor had a phenominal night, with 3 interceptions, 3 touchdown receptions and a kickoff return for a fourth score.

"My coaches always preach take your read steps against the past," Baylor said. "I just did what I was told and I executed it the way we practice every day and it just turned out well."

Bryan Wallace (60) and Kyle Anderson (70) bring down Khalid West        Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
Clarke (8-1, 2-1) wasted no time in putting away the Mountaineers scoring 28 unanswered points in the first quarter and going up 49-3  at the half.

Madison (2-6, 0-2) scored on a 35 yard Cameron Covington field goal late in the second quarter and got a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles used a combination of running and passing to combine for one of their best offensive performances this year.

Quarterback Colby Childs was 7 of 10 passing for 129 yards and 4 touchdowns. 3 to Baylor and 1 to Peyton Rutherford.

"We all came out and did what we had to do and got the win," Childs said. "Everybody got to play which is good for us."

Peyton Rutherford has accounted for 176 points this season           Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
Rutherford also scored twice on the ground and gained 175 yards on 14 carries. Rutherford has 1794 yards on 238 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per carry, has scored 26 touchdowns and 3 extra points. He also has 132 yards receiving on 9 catches with 2 touchdowns and an extra point for 176 total points scored.

The Eagles also got scores from Cole Lawson and touchdown run and a fumble recovery by Kyle Anderson.

Ben Sprouse was back in the line up after missing the Strasburg game due to injury, several other key Eagles are hopeful for return during the playoffs.

Ben Sprouse returned to the Eagles lineup this week             Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
"It felt great, I missed it," Sprouse said. "It felt good to get out there and get a victory. Our guys played very well."

It was also a special night for Eagles head coach Chris Parker and he faced a former student and player on the other side of the field in Madison's new head coach Chandler Rhoads.

"He's [Rhoads] a special man, and tremendous athlete," Parker said. "He's got a lion's heart and I know it hurts him to lose. I'm sure he will get the program turned around."

Chandler Rhoads and Chris Parker the pupil and the teacher          Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts

The Eagles return home on Friday night to finish their 2017 regular season against Bull Run District opponent George Mason. It will be senior night. Kickoff at "the Felt" is 7:30PM

More game photography can be seen at Doug Aylestocks Photography Concepts Facebook page:

Highlights and post game interviews can be seen below on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Redskins hold on against Niners

Kyle Fuller and the secondary celebrate after a drive stoppinng interception     Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

LANDOVER, Md.-  After jumping out to a 17-0 lead the Washington Redskins needed a defensive stand and an interception on 4th down by Kyle Fuller to hold off a fierce charge by San Francisco.

“We know the depth that we have in this secondary. Everybody can come out there, everybody can make plays and everybody is smart," Fuller said."That’s just how we have to do it as a group.”

Cousins turned in another solid performance for the Redskins        Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Quarterback Kirk Cousins turned in another solid performance completing 25 of 37 passes for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns for a rating of 102.3. Cousins also threw one pick.

"I think we did a good job as an offense," Cousins said, "I think we moved the football. There were a lot of good decisisions, a lot of good plays made, a lot of third-down conversions in big moments, a lot of crucial drives where we had to churn the clock and come away with points."

The 49er's made a quarterback change from Brian Hoyer to C.J. Beathard and started moving the ball against the Redskins. San Francisco (0-6) got their first score just before the half and came out scoring 10 in the third quarter to get back in the game. 

Chris Thompson led the Skins in both rushing and receiving           Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Washington (3-2) was held to 94 yards rushing, with Chris Thompson leading the way with 33 yards on 16 carries. Cousins added 26 on 4 carries including some crucial first down runs.

Thompson led all recievers with 105 yards on 4 receptions. Josh Doctson and Samage Perine each found the endzone once at the end of a Cousins touchdown pass.

The Redskins defense held the Niners to 85 yards rushing, and the two quarterbacks combined for 279 yards passing.

" You start to feel better about your team when you’re not as happy after a win as you normally should be, but you have to understand that this is a great competitive sport, the National Football League," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "You can see we’re starting to turn a corner a little bit when you’re not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win. I think there are a lot of things we can correct, clean up obviously, but I’m impressed. Any time you get a victory on a Sunday afternoon at home, it’s special. I know we can play a lot better.”


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Redskins help promote Crucial Catch

Tanya Snyder in her 19th year of the Think Pink campaign at FedEx Field              Moe Murphy / CCS
LANDOVER, Md.- The Washington Redskins led by the efforts of Tanya Snyder did their part this past Sunday to help prevent early detection of cancer.

The Redskins organization gave out pink ribbons and rally towels to fans entering the stadium prior to the game against the San Francisco 49er's.

Zeta Tau Alpha partnered for the 19th year in the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer that has recently been expanded to early detection of all cancer's.

On Monday the Redskins hosted the 10th Annual All Star Survivors celebration at Redskins Park. Cancer survivors were pampered and were able to spend time with many of the players. Go to Redskins.Com for more coverage of the teams Cancer Fighting events.

Photo's by Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

Monday, October 16, 2017

Eagles get back on track with win over Strasburg

Bryan Wallace and Cole Lawson take down Chase Hart   Photo by Doug Aylestock /  Photography Concepts
STRASBURG, Va.- One week after suffering their first loss of the season the Clarke County Eagles rebounded strong with a 49-20 win over the rival Strasburg Rams.

"I'm really proud of our guys, they responded well," Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "We faced some adversity had some kids that were banged up and out as everybody knows, and kids playing in new positions, I thought the we were focused and ready to play."

Clarke (7-1, 1-1) took just over two minutes to score, when Kyle Baylor broke to the outside and scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 26 yard scamper. The point after attempt was blocked.

Strasburg (3-4, 1-1) came right back on the next drive and took the lead after Austin Miller rambled 58 yards for a touchdown and then scored on a two point conversion to put the Rams up 8-6.

Peyton Rutherford rushed for 267 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.    Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
Eagles back Peyton Rutherford had another huge night gaining 267 yards on 29 carries and scoring 5 touchdowns. Rutherford has rushed for 24 touchdowns and has 1 recieving.

"They [Strasburg] were battling with us the first half," Rutherford said. "We came out the second half, we were all just pumped, the whole team you could just feel it."

The Eagles made adjustments at halftime and were able to shutdown the Rams passing game.

"Our pressure improved throughout the game," Parker said. "Our secondary played pretty well, as the game went on we got better."

Ed Buzalsky and Jackson Taylor apply pressure for the Eagles.  Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
Strasburg was forced to change quarterbacks after starter Chase Hart was injured on a sack by Bryan Wallace. The Eagles defense was stingy and Ed Buzalsky stopped a promising drive with an interception.

"I just got back in coverage and looked for a man, made sure I wasn't just covering grass," Buzalsky said. "They just threw it may way and I made the catch and ran a few yards."

The Eagles will head to Madison County this Friday for another Bull Run District Game, before returning home in 2 weeks to end the regular season against George Mason. Playoff pairings will be determined after the regular season ends.

For more pictures from the game go to Doug Aylestock's Photography Concepts Facebook Page below:

Game highlights and post game interviews can be seen below:

Friday, October 13, 2017

Falcons hand Eagles their first loss

Clarke's Ben Sprouse brings down Central's Kyle Clanton        Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
BERRYVILLE, Va.- The talk in the area last Friday was on the big Bull Run Showdown at Feltner Stadium between the District's two undefeated teams. When the smoke cleared the Central Falcons reigned supreme with a 40-0 shutout of the Eagles on Homecoming.

" A very tough loss, we're not used to this," Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "Central's got a very physical good ball club. It's a tough loss, were not used to it, that's a good problem."

Central (6-0, 1-0) took advantage of Clarke (6-1, 0-1) turnovers and scored four times in the first half to put the game out of reach by the intermission.

Peyton Rutherford was held scoreless for the first time this season.        Doug Aylestock  / Photography Concepts
Clarke's leading rusher Peyton Rutherford gained 129 yards on 22 carries but was unable to cross the goal line for the first time this season. Rutherford had 19 rushing touchdowns going into the game.

Central used a balanced attack utilizing several players to continually move the ball on the Eagles. The Eagles were able to settle down in the second half and move the ball, but never could manage to put a score together.

Clarke's Kyle Baylor looks for an opening              Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
Senior lineman Bryan Wallace and student Danielle Toone were selected 2017 Homecoming King and Queen at Halftime.

The Eagles will travel to Strasburg this Friday to face the Rams in a Bull Run District Matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30PM.

More of Doug Aylestocks game photo's can be viewed at the Photography Concepts Facebook Page.

Highlights and post game interviews can be viewed below: