The road was not kind to the Eagles as they traveled to Manassas Park Friday night and were thrashed by the Cougars. Managing to muster only 163 yards of total offense the Eagles had few bright spots in the 17- 8 loss.
The bottom line as coach Parker put it after the game,”They are a good team and we didn’t play very well.”
The Eagles did manage a goal line stand in the first quarter holding the Cougars to a field goal, but the remainder of the game belonged to Manassas Park. Turnovers killed any hope the Eagles had for answering the relentless running game led by #34 John Byrd. “We had opportunities but we coughed the ball up on offense,” said Parker. Two fumbles and two interceptions snuffed the Eagle’s offense and left them scoreless throughout the game.
On the defensive side of the ball the Eagles managed to keep the score within reach despite the huge rushing numbers the Cougars piled up. With the exception of one incomplete pass and an interception, the Cougars employed a ground assault with over 300 yards rushing primarily on the back of #34 John Byrd who also scored both of Manassas Park’s touchdowns.
Dominated throughout the game, the Eagles managed to escape Manassas without being shutout. In the closing seconds of the game #4 Drew Paice mustered the offense and drove the ball into Cougar territory. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty carried the offense into the red zone and with less than a minute left in the game Paice connected with #5 Davey Hardesty on a quick pass across the middle to give the Eagles their only score of the game.
The loss puts the Eagles at 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Bull Run District. “We are just going to put it behind us and get better.” Coach Parker said. “That’s the challenge. I told our team we can’t let them beat us twice. We’ve gotta have a great week of practice and come out firing on all cylinders Friday night at home against George Mason.”