Clarke Wins Tough Fought Battle Over Generals

On a beautiful Friday night with the first fall chill in the air, the Clarke County Eagles made the long haul south to Mt. Jackson to take on the Stonewall Jackson Generals. In their first road game of the season the Eagles took no prisoners, defeating the Stonewall Jackson Generals, 28-13.

Grant Shaw was the star of the show, rushing for 172 yards, scoring each of Clarke’s four touchdowns. Shaw lined up in the backfield all night as the lone back and followed his line the entire way. The stingy Eagles defense was outstanding,  forcing the Generals to punt throughout the night. Both teams played a very clean game with very few penalty markers during the game.

The Eagle offense lines up against the Generals - Photo Mike Dowling

From the starting kick the Eagles, once again, struggled to move the chains in the first quarter. The Generals defense had the early edge and forced the Eagles to punt on their first two drives. Clarke’s defense answered the call and forced the Generals to continue the punt-fest, kicking the the ball away on their first three drives.

The defensive battle broke late in the first quarter, when a hand off to Grant Shaw sent the senior tailback 59 yards to Stonewall’s 1-yard line. Three plays later Shaw broke into the end zone giving Clarke a 6-0 lead.

With points on the board the Eagles moved the ball with ease on their next possession driving 73 yards down field. Shaw punched in a   a 2-yard score, then added the two-point conversion to extend Clarke’s lead to 14.

Number 32 Alex Sefton get s the defensive call from the sideline - Photo Mike Dowling

But the General’s would not go down without a fight. Breaking through a hole in the Eagle’s defensive line Stonewall’s Jared Getz busted out an impressive 52-yard run that put the General’s on the board going into half time.

At the start of the second half Clarke extended their lead with another Grant Shaw touchdown. The Eagle defense did their part forcing the Generals to fumble deep in their own territory. Chappie Chapman recovered the fumbled ball on the Generals 15 yard line putting the Eagle offense in striking range yet again. Grant Shaw drove the ball into the end zone less than a minute later adding his fourth touchdown of the night and the final Eagle points of the game.

The Generals, however were not going to go quietly into the night. With less than a minute left in a game that was clearly out of reach, Trevor Warner broke through Clarke County’s defense with an impressive 72-yard touchdown run for the final points of the game. The additional points allowed the General’s to suffer the final score of 28-13 with their heads held high. Although the score seemed lopsided, the scrappy and undersized Generals, played with intense heart throughout the game.

Clarke County will be at “The Felt” next week for homecoming facing East Rockingham County. Help cheer our undefeated Eagles (3-0) to their next VICTORY!!!

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