Sunday, September 24, 2017

Eagles handle Patriots, continue to gain momentum

Charles Town, Wv.- The Clarke County Eagles crossed state lines Friday night as they picked up their fifth consecutive win of the season defeating the Washington Patriots 47-8.

Peyton Rutherford became the first area rusher to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark this week rushing for 158 yards on 28 carries. Rutherford has 1,074 yards  on 139 carries for an average of just under 8 yards per carry. Rutherford has 17 touchdowns rushing, and 1 recieving along with a couple two point conversions to also lead the area in scoring.

Kyle Baylor (1) and Bryan Wallace (60) head for the end zone             Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts

The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Kyle Baylor found the enzone on a 9 yard run. Baylor scored twice and had his best night of the year rushing, going for 140 yards on 13 carries.

Washington opened the game with a good drive picking up several first downs before the Eagles defense stepped up and held them on fourth down.

Rutherford scored on runs of 29, and 7 in the second quarter and the Eagles held a 20-0 lead before the Patriots mounted their best drive of the game scoring on a 5 yard touchdown pass from Matt Grant to Bryce Reinhardt with five seconds to go in the half. Grant engineered a drive using his mobility and passing to quickly move the Pats downfield.

"He [Grant] defineitly is a star athlete," Eagles lineman Jacob Peace said. "Our coach told us he was gonna be just like the Dominion quarterback, he was gonna be tough we had to shut him down from the beginning and I think we did a pretty good job of that."

Jacob Peace (66) and Lucas Rogers (44) take down Matt Grant        Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts

The Eagles put the game away mid way through the third quarter when the scored two touchdowns in a 20 second period. Baylor went in from 18 yards out and on the first play of the following Washington drive, Eagles linebacker Rico Nappi grabbed a fumble out of mid air and raced 20 yards to put the game out of reach.

Rico Nappi races 20 yards on a fumble recovery for an Eagle score.    Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
 "You can throw the records out the window," Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "We saw them play live against Hedgesville the first game of the year and they have a lot of weapons, I knew it was gonna be a dogfight."

Quarterback Colby Childs got the Eagles last score on a 1 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Childs was 1 of 3 passing for 40 yards and had a 2 point conversion completion to Lucas Rogers. Childs who left the game early with a chest injury showed no signs of being slowed down.

"I'm still pretty sore," Childs said, "I had to suck it up for the and came out and executed."

Colby Childs shakes off soreness and goes in from one yard out    Photo by Doug Aylestock / Photography Concepts
The Eagles will head to Front Royal this Friday to face the Warren County Wildcats in their Bull Ru.n District opening game.

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