Monday, September 19, 2016

Eagles rebound and defeat Judges

Hunter Rogers
BERRYVILLE, VA-  The Clarke County Eagles rebounded nicely after last weeks loss at Millbrook. The Eagles overcame a 14-14 halftime tie to defeat the Handley Judges 35-14 at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

Senior running back Hunter Rogers scored three touchdowns on runs of  28, 48, and 8 yards. Rogers finished the night with 222 yards rushing on 25 carries.

"We went in the locker room at the half and we came out here in the second half, and we finished and got the win." Rogers said.

Clarke County (2-1) drew first blood when quarterback Chris Davis connected with tight end Brett McDonald on a 76 yard touchdown pass that McDonald took in stride and never looked back.

Brett McDonald
"We are obviously a run team, we run first." McDonald said, "To surprise them with a pass that early in the game just shocked them [Handley] and it freed me up, the line did great and Chris [Davis] got a good pass off."

Handley (1-3) came right back and scored when Kevin Curry hit Trey Causey down the right sideline for a 29 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Rogers scored the first of his three touchdowns in the second quarter on a 28 yard scamper, and Handley came back just 21 seconds and two plays later and tied it up again with a Mike Brown 61 yard run. Brown had 109 yards on 9 carries for Handley.

Bryan Wallace
The second half was all Eagles as they held Handley to just one first down and kept them out of the end zone. A heavy pass rush hampered Handley's passing game and they never could get their running game back on track.

"We knew this week we had to have a different mindset." lineman Bryan Wallace said, "We had to punch them in the mouth and keep on punching."

Sophmore Kyle Baylor the deadlock with a 46 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Eagles the lead for good. Baylor had another long breakaway run called back on a penalty in the first half.

Rogers rounded out the scoring with two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Eagles.

Daniel Braithwaite rushed for 78 yards on 7 carries for the Eagles and Chris Davis was 3 of 4 passing for 86 yards, 1 td and 1 int.

"I'm really proud of them." Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "It was a tough first half, we were a little out of sync, Handley made some big plays against us. We challenged our guys at half time, told them that they had to take control of the second half, do the things that you have to do to win the game, and they did it. I'm very proud of how they kept fighting and scratching."

The Eagles travel to Woodstock on Friday to face the Central Falcons as the start of the Bull Run District games begin this week.

Highlights and interviews can be seen below:

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