Friday, December 4, 2015

Eagles advance to State tournament

BERRYVILLE, Va.- The Clarke County Eagles made history last Friday with a 19-0 win over Robert E. Lee in the VHSL 2A football playoffs.The win propels the Eagles (12-1) into the VHSL 2A state semi finals.

Clarke County High School has won several VHSL State Championships in other sports but the football team has never won a state championship.

"This is the farthest we have ever been in school history," Eagles Coach Chris Parker said. "It's great for the kids. Everybody wants to win, but when you get into the playoffs and win like this it's something the kids will remember the rest of their life."

The Eagles led 6-0 at the half after Jordon Turner scored on a run up the middle. The Leemen (9-4) drove the length of the field on the opening drive of the second half before the Eagles defense forced a turnover and took over at their own 10 yard line.

Running back Matt Dang took a sweep around right end and cut it back up the middle of the field before racing 90 yards to break the game open in the third quarter.

"Overall we pushed the ball good," Dang said. On third downs we always got the first down and that helped get us the win."

The Eagles leading rusher, Hunter Rogers returned to the lineup after sitting out most for several weeks with an injury, Rogers got into the end zone to wrap up the Eagles scoring.

The Eagles defense posted their second consecutive playoff shutout with the Leeman averaging 39 points per game.

"Our defense is playing great," Eagles linebacker Michael Fields said. "We've got a lot of heart, it goes back to day one, all the circuits and training we've done, it's a great feeling."

The Eagles will host the Union Bears (13-0) from Big Stone Gap in Berryville on Saturday at 1:30PM. The winner of the game will advance next week to the VHSL 2A state championship in Salem.

"It feels great to be making history," Eagles quarterback Jordon Turner said. "That was our goal at the beginning of the year to come out and the best that has ever come through Clarke and we are accomplishing that goal."

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