The Eagles stepped onto their home turf Friday night with something to prove. After a thumping at the hands of the Wildcats last week, coaches stressed focus and told players not to let the loss to Warren County beat them mentally as they faced Stonewall Jackson. 343 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns later, the Eagles showed their focus on the field and walked away with a resounding rebound victory, defeating the Generals 35-7.
Defensive Coordinator Casey Childs told the team after the game, “You didn’t let them get back in the game, you stayed focused especially in the second half, and that’s what good teams do. You bounced back and played well.”
Coach Parker was also satisfied with his team’s turn-around,”I thought we played well, and I was really impressed with the way we came out, especially in the second half. As a coaching staff that’s what we wanted to see.”
From the opening kickoff, the Eagles powered over Stonewall’s defense mounting an 11 play 69 yard drive for the first points of the game on a 1- yard touchdown run by #21 Nick Helmut. #20 Macson McGuian made his debut as kicker with the PAT and set the Eagles lead to 7.
The Generals mounted their own offensive effort and burned through the rest of the first quarter with an 11 play drive, but a botched snap and two penalties backed them up to their own 37 and they were forced to punt the ball away.
The Eagles ground attack would burn through 7:33 on their next scoring drive ending in another 1 yard touchdown run, this time by #5 Davey Hardesty marking his first of 3 TDs on the night. A bad snap on the PAT resulted in a scrambling two-point conversion pushing the Eagle lead to 15.
Ball control would kill any hopes of a comeback for the Generals. Stonewall coughed-up the ball on the Eagle’s 47 yard line and 7 plays later Davey Hardesty punched in his second score of the night.
However, the Generals were not going down without a fight.
With :50 left in the first half the General’s would catch Clarke County’s special teams off guard snapping up the kickoff and tearing down the sidelines for a 75 yard return to the Eagle 37. As time expired on the clock, the Generals would add their only points of the game taking the score at the half to 21-7.
The second half of the game belonged entirely to the Eagles as they held the Generals offense to only two first downs. Clarke County would add two more touchdowns to the board, one of which came on a 76 yard break away run from #5 Davey Hardesty.
Hardesty ended the game with 23 carries for 179 yards on the night with 3 touchdowns. #21 Nick Helmut had 10 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown and QB #9 Sean McDonald had 11 carries for 83 yards with one touchdown and and was 1 for 4 with 18 yards passing on the night.
The Eagles have a bye next week and will face arch-rival Strasburg at home in two weeks.