Monday, September 6, 2010

Eagles Face Adversity and Remain Standing

BERRYVILLE, VA - Sept. 6, 2010 The Clarke County Eagles listened closely to Coach Chris Parker as he talked about adversity. The adversity they were facing was in the form of another Eagle, this one being from Hedgesville(1-1) as the visitors from the Mountain State jumped all over Clarke County (2-0) scoring on their first two possessions to jump out to a 13-0 lead.

Casey Horn goes in for a TD
Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Hedgesville quarterback Casey Horn scored once in the first quarter and once in the second quarter on runs of 17 and 30 yards. Michael Waters hit one of the two extra points and just like that, the crowd at "the Felt" was temporarily taken out of the game.

With Hedgesville driving late in the first half Horn tried to go to Walters in the right corner and Demetrius Mason picked off the pass and returned it to the Hedgesville 6 yard line, with Matt Moyer recovering a loose ball in the end zone on the next play to put the Eagles with in one score at the half.                     

The Eagles came out in the second half a new team scoring 29 unanswered points to take a 29 - 13 lead, but a pesky Hedgesville squad would not give in and hit pay dirt late in the game to bring the score closer.

Grant Shaw bust a 49 yard TD
Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Grant Shaw broke loose and scored three times in the second half on runs of 4, 49, and 3. The Eagles defense was credited with 2 points when Hedgesville snapped the ball over the punters head and out of the end zone.

Clarke County Quarterback Drew Paice had a decent night throwing the ball going 4-11 and 86 yards. The windy conditions did not seem to bother the JR quarterback. "It was pretty windy in pre game warm ups and I felt pretty good, it didn't really affect me." Paice said.

The Eagles defense registered five interceptions in the game with Demetrius Mason grabbing two.

Eagles Coach Chris Parker talked about adversity
Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Punting was also a factor as Clarke punter Matt Moyer consistently punted in and against the wind to keep Hedgesville deep in their own territory most of the game.

"Last week Matt [Moyer] didn't even have to punt once. Tonight it was a weapon, we pinned them deep every time we punted. I'm proud of how our guys played in the second half and I think we wore them down."

The Eagles travel to Quicksburg to play the Stonewall Jackson Generals (0-1) out of the Shenandoah District.

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