The chill that settled into “the Felt” Friday night didn’t slow down the high scoring Eagles offense as the Clarke County Varsity football team racked up another impressive victory defeating the Strasburg Rams 49-7. The scrappy Rams would not go down without a fight but in the end the overwhelming Eagle offense piled up an insurmountable lead.
Strasburg lost the toss and started the game with an attempted onside kick. The high kick was recovered by Clarke and they started their first drive with excellent field position. The drive stalled at the Strasburg 39 yard line and the Eagles turned the ball over on downs.
Strasburg took the ball and went three and out punting the ball back to Clarke. Three plays later Drew Paice completed a pass over the middle to Matt Moyer for a 68 yard touchdown for the first points of the game.
Strasburg struggled on its next drive and was set back by a QB sack by #71 Chance Ramey. The Rams punted it away and the Eagles launched a 12 play drive culminating in a a 13 yard TD run by #22 Ron Anderson midway through the second quarter.
Down by 14, the Rams were unable to develop any momentum at all and were forced to punt once again. Clarke County would mount another impressive drive going 13 plays capped off by a Grant Shaw touchdown run giving Clarke a half-time lead of 21-0.
During half-time intermission the Clarke County’s Athletic Hall of Fame honored 7 new inductees into this year’s class (see full story here). They included: Bill Martz (Class of 1962), Bonnie Broy Dodson (Class of 1964), Denny Longerbeam (Class of 1982), Dwayne Dillow (Class of 1985), Sean Munson (Class of 2000), Brent Emmart (Coach), and Randy Trenary (Class of 1986). The Bank Of Clarke County was also honored for its continued support of Clarke County athletics.
Strasburg would get the ball first in the second half but was unable to capitalize and went 3 and out punting it away. On their first possession of the half the Eagle offense broke a huge run. #1 Grant Shaw ran 70 yards to score the first points of the second half expanding their lead to 28-0. The Eagles would score again late in the 3rd quarter with another Grant Shaw touchdown.
The Rams would put their only points of the night on the board with 9:30 left in the 4th quarter with a dramatic end zone pass. #23 Sheldon Stickley bobbled a pass in the end zone and was tackled, but was able to recover the pass flat on his back for the touchdown.
With the clock against them the Rams tried another onside kick but failed to recover the ball. Two plays later the Eagles would score again with a 44 yard touchdown run by #21 Nick Helmut.
The final points of the game would come as a result of an interception by #50 Chappy Chapman. The defensive lineman broke up a screen play and intercepted the ball running it back to the three yard line. With 6:59 left in the game #2 Demetrius Mason ran it in for the final points of the game to chalk up a final score of 49-7.
The undefeated Eagles will face stiff district competition away next week at Manassas Park and will have the following week off in a bye.