Sunday, August 26, 2012

Eagles post strong showing in season opener

Eagles QB Sean McDonald in his first varsity start.
Photo by Moe Murphy/ Clarke County Sports
By Michael “Moe” Murphy Clarke County Sports

BERRYVILLE – There was no doubt that the Clarke County Eagles meant business as they coasted to a 40-0 shutout of the Berkeley Springs Indians before a capacity crowd at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

The Eagles (1-0, 1-0) got off to a quick start scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter and going into the locker room with a 26 point lead at the half.
“I was pleased with the overall performance of our team.” Eagles Coach Chris Parker said, “I thought we dominated the line play on both sides and that opened other things up.”

Sophomore quarterback Sean McDonald scored on a 3 yard run to open the 2012 scoring for the Eagles, followed by 31 yard scamper from Senior Davey Hardesty, the first of 3 scores for Hardesty.

Senior Davey Hardesty rushed for 200 Yds and
3 touchdowns. Photo Moe Murphy / CCS

“Our line made blocks all night, even our running backs were opening big holes for me.” Hardesty said. Hardesty, 200 yards on 17 carries also added touchdown runs of 22 and 17 in the third and fourth quarters respectively.

McDonald looked very poised in his first start as the Eagles Varsity quarterback. Besides, scoring the first touchdown of the game McDonald through for a touchdown, connecting with Senior Todd Benton on a 44 yard touchdown in the second quarter. McDonald finished 2 for 5 for 45 yards. Benton also scored on an 18 yard run, scoring both times he touched the ball.

The Eagles Defense gave up only 66 yards total offense, yielding only 6 first downs. Indians Senior Quarterback Mark Cowles threw for 30 yards on 5 of 13 attempts, with the Eagles defense recording 2 interceptions.

“They [Berkeley Springs] gave us a tough time up there last year.” Parker said, “I was glad to open up at home, it makes a difference.”

The Eagles line dominated both sides
of the ball   Photo by Moe Murphy/ CCS.
The Eagles will travel to Front Royal to play the Warren County Wildcats who had a bye last week and will be playing their first game while Berkeley Springs will play out of state for the second week in a row as they travel to South Hagerstown,MD..

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