In a heartbreaking defeat, the Buckingham Knights beat the Eagles 7-0, dashing Clarke County’s playoff run with a first round loss. The hard fought defensive game saw the Eagles execute several long drives deep into Buckingham territory but the Knights were able to shutdown every attempt, turning the Eagles away with no points.
Defense dominated the first quarter as both teams battled to build momentum trading unsuccessful drives with no score. As the second quarter ticked away Buckingham would score the only points of the game on a 3 yard run by #21 Maurice Taylor with 9:35 left in the first half.
Clarke would go three and out on their next drive handing the ball back to Buckingham. But fate would smile on the Eagles and open the door for them. On the 9th play of a strong Buckingham drive the Knights coughed up the ball and #50 Chappy Chapman came up with the turnover. With 4:52 left in the half the Eagles mounted a 65 yard drive to the Knights 10 yard line. But Buckingham held them at the 10. With 48 seconds in the half on 4th and goal the Eagles opted for a field goal. The 32 yard attempt sailed wide left leaving the Eagles scoreless going into halftime.
Clarke County would have the ball first in the second half and would start with a clock grinding 16 play drive that would consume almost the entire 3rd quarter. The Eagles would end the drive in the red zone once again turning the ball over on downs at the Buckingham 10 yard line.
The defensive struggle would continue through the fourth quarter with the ball going back and forth 5 times. The Eagles had a final shot to tie the game with a final drive with 4:27 left in the game. The offense drove to the Buckingham 37 but gave the ball up on fourth down with an incomplete pass. The Knights would burn the remaining clock and leave “The Felt” with the W.
The Eagles end the season 9-2 and and can hold their heads high. While their season has come to a close their accomplishments as a team and as individuals mark another great year of Eagle football.