Clarke County Eagles Take Over the Nest in Woodstock

The Clarke County Eagles took to the road once again on Friday as they traveled to Central High School in Woodstock to take on the Falcons. On a perfect night for high school football, the Clarke County Eagles showed off every facet of the game, winning with offense, defense, and special teams.

Another Eagles Score - Photo Mike Dowling

The Eagles would take control of the game early marching up the field on a seventy-six yard, thirteen play drive that ate up 6:59 of the first quarter clock. The offensive line moved Central’s defense around at will as the Eagles ran every single one of those yards to the end zone, with Grant Shaw capping off the drive with a one yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing drive, it looked as if Central could make a game out of it by going to the air. After only one first down though, Alex Sefton, #32, picked off a Central pass for the Eagles first interception of the night.
The second Eagles drive of the night began on the Falcon’s thirty-six yard line and took all of five plays to put another Eagles score on the board. On the first play of the second quarter, Grant Shaw would run in yet another one yard touchdown.

After yet another stalled Central drive, that included a sack by #11 Matt Moyer, the Eagles offense was poised to strike a killer blow, but a Central team with a lot of heart had other ideas.

After several stalled drives by both teams, the Falcons would put their first points on the board on an eleven second, two play drive capped with a thirty yard touchdown pass. Mental mistakes by the Clarke defense allowed a short Falcon run into the end zone for a two point conversion. It seemed that at the half the fans could be in for a real nail bitter with a score of 14-8 in Clarke County’s favor.

After what felt like a poor showing in the second quarter, the annoyed Clarke defense came out ready to redeem themselves in the second half. On only the second play from scrimmage, Grant Shaw intercepted the ball down to the thirty-five yard line.

The Clarke offense, hungry for another touchdown, was forced to punt. Since the offense was unable to score, the Eagles defense gladly shouldered the load. Alex Sefton, #32, intercepted his second pass of the night and scampered back for a touchdown with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

The game once again went into a stalemate until the fourth quarter when Tyler Shiley intercepted the ball for Clarke’s fourth interception of the night. Grant Shaw would then run the ball in for a touchdown finishing a three play, ten yard drive with 9:11 left in the game.

Another W for Clarke County - Photo Mike Dowling

The final points of the night would come quickly for Clarke County after a blocked punt by #76, Taylor Nichols, was picked up by #11, Matt Moyer, and run into the end zone from eleven yards out. Matt Moyer would then kick the point after and finish the scoring of the night at 35-8.

Clarke County once again seemed to turn their game up in the second half and survived a small scare toward the end of the first.

Next week’s game will be at 7:30 pm against Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Virginia. Come on out and support your Eagles, but you may want to get a hotel room after the 149 mile trip.


  1. The momentum was all Falcons in the second quarter. Matt Moyer’s touchdown-saving tackle on Central’s kickoff return to begin the second half was a key play that short-circuited any further swing of the intensity meter in favor of Central.

    I was truly impressed with the team’s grit, especially after Jesse Smoot had to leave the game with an injury. These kids know how to win, and they know how to entertain their fans!