|Lucas Rogers makes a grab for a big gain Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts|
"It was a battle. I told our guys this was a possible trap game," Eagles Coach Chris Parker said. "They're an improved team, playing away, we were going to have to be hitting on all cylinders, Warren County was not gonna lay down for us."
Clarke (6-0) jumped out to an early lead on a three play opening drive that culminated on a 12 yard Peyton Rutherford touchdown run. After the Nick Bahamonde extra point the Eagles led 7-0 with less than a minute gone in the game.
The drive was costly to the Eagles as two way starter Lucas Rogers injured his ankle on a 36 yard reception from Colby Childs. Rogers hobbled off the field and wore an ice pack for most of the game. Rogers entered the game the Eagles leading receiver and third overall in tackles and second in sacks with 5.
|Cole Lawson had a solid game on both sides of the ball Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts|
"It was pretty much just step up," Lawson said, "We had guys hurting off the field and on the field, but it was pretty much suck it up and make a play or we are going to 5-1."
Warren County (2-3) moved the ball well in the first half behind the rushing of Ronnie Dodson, but twice were held on 4 down plays and went into the intermission down 21-0.
|Bryan Wallace and the Eagles defense converge on the Wildcat run game Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts|
Good hit Ben Vogt on the right sideline and Vogt got behind the Eagle's secondary and scampered 70 yards to put the Wildcats on the board with 1:30 left in the third quarter. An Eagle fumble deep in Clarke territory gave the Wildcats a chance at a second score in less than two minutes.
Good connected again with Vogt on a 15 yard pass over the middle and the Wildcats were within 7 and clearly had the momentum.
|Kyle Baylor makes a defender miss as he looks downfield Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts|
The Wildcats weren't done. Good moved Warren County back down the field and Dodson capped off the scoring drive with a 5 yard td run to put the Cats back within one score.
Clarke took over with almost 6 minutes left and were able to grind out an impressive drive and Childs was able to take a knee deep in Wildcat territory to perserve the win.
"That last drive, I was really proud of our guys the way we were able to eat the clock and take care of business," Parker said. "Our guys bend a little bit at times, but our guys went in there and did what they had to do. It wasn't a pretty win, but it was a win."
|Peyton Rutherford scored twice for the Eagles on 131 yards rushing Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts|
The Eagles return home on Friday to face Bull Run rivals, the Central Falcons. The Falcons are 6-0 and have outscored opponents 301-57 and are averaging just over 50 points per game. This will be the opening of the Bull Run District schedule and also the Eagles homecoming. Kickoff at "the Felt" is 7:30PM.
"It's gonna be tough, really tough, we are going to have to get everybody healthy." Rutherford said, "We are going to have to prepare and prepare very well, but the coaches do a good job of that."
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