Payback was on the minds of coaches and players as the Eagles faced the Strasburg Rams Friday night at the Felt. Two losses to the Rams last season, the second of which ended the Eagles playoff hopes, gave the team an added incentive in their first district game of the 2012 season.
The Rams had their own ideas.
The tightly matched game saw entire quarters eaten by single possessions on each side of the ball as offensive sides fought for yardage. In the end two 4th quarter breakout scores pushed the momentum to Strasburg handing them the victory over Clarke County 20-13.
Going into the game Clarke County knew their defense would have to stop Strasburg running back #23 Rakwon White. Last season White amassed over 500 yards rushing in their two match-ups and remains a force to be reckoned with this season. While the Eagles rose to the occasion in the first half, the relentless running attack wore them down in the second half as White amassed 174 yards rushing and scored the winning touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game.
Clarke County jumped ahead early in the game and both teams traded series in a closely fought game. The lead that the Eagles carried into the half held until mid 4th quarter when the momentum shifted as Strasburg Quarterback #7 Troy Gordon broke around the outside and ran 36 yards for the tying score.
The next drive for Clarke County would be pivotal as they moved the ball towards breaking the tie. A steady drive was knocked back by a holding call backing them up to 1-20. Driving forward to 4th and 1 the Eagles went for the first down and were stopped.
The Rams took possession on their own 46 and put together a 3 minute drive capped off by the Rakwon White’s TD with 30 seconds left to play.
Strasburg remains undefeated at 5-0, while the Eagles drop to 3-2 and are now 0-1 in the Bull Run District.
Next week Clarke County is not the road against the new school in Loudoun John Champe H S. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM