On a blustery autumn evening, a gathering of eagles descended on the “The Felt” as the Clarke County Eagles faced the Hedgesville Eagles from West Virginia. Both teams showed up ready to play and gave fans a full four quarters that kept the stands loaded till the final whistle. In the end, Clarke County overcame an early deficit, defeating Hedgesville, 29-21.
From the opening kickoff, Hedgesville dominated on both sides of the ball. Their offensive unit found early success drawing first blood with a a 17-yard touchdown run by Hedgesville quarterback Casey Horn.
On defense Hedgesville shut down the first three drives forcing Clarke to punt, and on Clarke’s fourth drive turned the ball over on downs.
The turning point for Clarke County came in the second quarter. Demetrius Mason intercepted a floating Hedgesville pass and ran the ball down to the 4 yard line. On the next down the Hedgesville defense foiled a quarterback sneak and forced a fumble that popped into the air hanging above the line of scrimmage. The crowd held their collective breath as the spinning ball floated through the air ending up in Matt Moyers hands who plowed it across the line for the score. This put Clarke County on the scoreboard but left them trailing at halftime, 13-7.
Clarke coaching staff employed several key adjustments after halftime and the tide turned for Clarke for the remainder of the game. The Clarke Defense was able to pressure the Hedgesville quarterback forcing a total of four interceptions. On offense Clarke’s Grant Shaw was able to add two touchdown runs of 49 and 4 yards to pull away from Hedgesville and seal their fate.
Clarke County is away next Friday facing Stonewall Jackson in Mount Jackson. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
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