On a perfect night for high school football, the Clarke County Eagles kicked-off their 2010 season by routing the Berkeley Springs Indians, 49 to 7 at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.
The Eagles started the evening with a brief ceremony remembering their fallen teammate Aaron Shirley who was killed in a tragic car accident in June. In his memory, the team has dedicated the 2010 season to him and will retire his number 80 jersey for the next three seasons.
Prior to the game Indians Coach Angelo Levara said that his team was glad to be in Berryville to open the football season and was excited to see how his team performs.
“We’ve been practicing hard and we have a couple of injuries,” Levara said. “But any night that you get to play football is a great night.”
As the teams took the field, the Eagles won the toss giving their fresh offense the first opportunity to score. The Indians would have none of it as they shut down the Eagle offense and forced a turnover on downs. The Eagles defense returned the favor handing the Indians a three and out series and the Eagles would never look back.
After a 10 play 80 yard drive, junior quarterback, Drew Paice scored the Eagles first touchdown of the season on a six yard run with 4:14 left in the first quarter. The Eagles defense stepped up once again and the fans were electrified as Grant Shaw ran a punt return back 65 yards for the first of two special teams touchdowns.
Drew Paice scored another touchdown to begin the second quarter capping off a span where the Eagles scored three touchdowns in just five minutes.
All three components of the game were brilliantly executed throughout the night with the defense allowing only one touchdown in the waning moments of the game.
Coach Parker said after the game that he felt, “real good” about the way the team played. “After the early game jitters the team settled down and got to business,” Parker said.
The most noticeably improved part of this year’s team has to be the kicking brought forth by senior, Matt Moyer. Moyer’s deep kicks kept the Indians pinned deep in their own territory throughout the game and he never missed an extra point.
The next game is at “The Felt” (Wilbur Feltner Stadium) this Friday, September 3 against Hedgesville, West Virginia at 7:30 pm.
Come on out and support your Clarke County Eagles.