Monday, October 24, 2016

Eagles continue mission with assault on Riverside

Chris Davis 1 TD passing, 1 rushing                  Moe Murphy / CCS
LEESBURG, VA- The Clarke County Eagles continued their push towards the playoffs with a non district trip to Leesburg to face the second year Riverside Rams. The Eagles wasted no time in putting this one away and came out with a 42-14 victory.

"I thought we did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage, and our linebackers, corners and safeties did a really good job in coverage keeping them to short games." Senior defensive end Mackie Martin said, "In my mind it was pretty much a shutout."

In their last 4 games the Eagles have outscored opponents 205-28 and have virtually had every game decided by the half.

Clarke County (6-2, 3-1) got their first score with just over 2 minutes gone in the first quarter when running back Hunter Rogers scampered 30 yards for the first of his two touchdowns. Rogers also scored on a 11 yard run in the second quarter. Rogers finished the night with 147 yards on 14 carries.

"Our defense gave us great field position, and our offensive line did what they have been doing all year, opening holes up for the backs."Rogers said, "It makes it easy for us and makes us look great."

The Eagles spread the wealth around as they got touchdown runs from three other backs. Daniel Braithwaite scored from 5 yards out, Kyle Baylor added a 10 yard score and Chris Davis went in untouched from 37 yards out. Davis also connected with Brett McDonald for an 11 yard touchdown pass. Davis finished the night 4 of 5 passing for 65 yards.

"I think our biggest thing again tonight was our focus."Davis said, "We are getting better at that. Our line did a really good job blocking and our defense stepped up big. This is one of the first teams we saw that really threw the ball a lot and I think we really stepped up big."

Riverside (2-7) picked up two fourth quarter scores with sophomore quarterback Trevor Jackson going 16 of 26 with 201 yards and touchdown passes of 15 and 13 yards. Jackson was picked once by Kyle Baylor stopping a first half drive.

"I think our guys were ready to play, the intensity level in the first half was there." Eagles head coach Chris Parker said, "They [Riverside] had a very good passing game, but we did what we had to do and sealed the win.

The Eagles will travel to Front Royal on Friday as they return to Bull Run District action against the Warren County Wildcats.

Game Highlights and postgame interviews can be seen below on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

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