Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CCHS inducts three into Sports Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Induction at Clarke County High School – Class of 2016
Three athletes who all played on State champion teams or were all State first team became the newest members of the Clarke County Athletic Hall of Fame.  The Hall was begun in 1990, and in its 26th year, it has 160 members.  A pre-game reception, sponsored by the Bank of Clarke, was held before the Handley vs. Clarke County game at Wilbur Feltner stadium; during halftime ceremonies the inductees were also recognized.

Bobby Hobbs, Class of 2006
During his freshman and sophomore years Bobby was a member of the varsity cross country team and varsity soccer team.  He also played freshman and JV basketball.  He suffered a severely broken leg in the State semifinal soccer match his sophomore year, but he finished his first year of varsity soccer with 12 goals.

The injury prevented Bobby from competing in cross country or basketball during his junior year, but he returned for the soccer season, scoring a single-season record 28 goals on the way to his team’s State title.  Bobby’s performance in 2005 earned him Bull Run District and Region B First Team honors.  He was also named Winchester Star Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year.

As a senior, Hobbs set another single-season goal scoring record with 38 tallies, amassing a school record 78 career goals, records that still stand, enroute to a second State title for the team. Bobby was recognized as First Team Bull Run District, First Team Region B, and First Team All-State teams.  He was honored by being named Virginia Single A Boys’ State Soccer Player of the Year, Winchester Star Player of the Year, and Northern Virginia Daily Player of the Year.

Hobbs completed his high school career by being named Winchester Star Leadership Award winner.  He attended Elon University, majoring in business administration.  After college, he returned to Clarke County and worked in the lending department at the Bank of Clarke County.  He currently lives in Lexington, Virginia, with his wife Megan and works as a commercial lender.

Damien Hubbard, Class of 2002
Hubbard played basketball all four years of his high school career and started on the football team his senior year as the team’s quarterback.  It was as a member of the basketball team he received his recognition.  His sophomore year he placed on Bull Run District, second team.  Junior year he was first team Bull Run District, second team Region B, and first team All-Area for both the Winchester Star and Northern Virginia Daily.  His senior year was outstanding.  He scored 44 points in one game, a school record, and finished his career with 1362 points, the second leading scorer in school history.  Along with this he was recognized as Winchester Star Player of the Year, Northern Virginia Daily, Player of the Year, Bull Run District Player of the Year, first team Region B, and first team All State. 

Hubbard continued his basketball career by playing for Frederick Community College for two years, followed by two years at Liberty University, graduating with a teaching degree. He played professional basketball in Italy and Qatar.   He currently is a Special Education teacher in the Lynchburg School System.

Jesse Racer, Class of 2006
Racer was a member of the school’s track team all four years of his high school career, lettering each year as a long jumper and triple jumper.  He placed at Districts and competed in the Region B meet his sophomore, junior, and senior years.  Jesse was a standout basketball player all four years.   His team was Bull Run District champions his junior year, with Racer as a starter.  His senior year, Clarke County took Bull Run District, Region B, and the school’s first Single A State title.  Racer led the area in scoring, with a 15.8 points per game average; topped the list in three-point scoring (83 three pointers); and tied for the lead in steals (30, or 2.5 per game).  He was honored as Winchester Star, First Team, Bull Run District Player of the Year, First Team, Region B, All-Area, First Team,  and Single A, VHSL First Team All-State.  In addition, he was honored by being named to the Washington Post All-Metro team.

Jesse graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 with a degree in computer engineering.  He moved to Charlotte, NC after graduation  with his fiance’ Taylor Blanding  and continues to stay involved in basketball by participating in YMCA leagues and whenever possible he plays in pickup games.  

Thanks to Coach Nancy Specht for this write up

Monday, September 19, 2016

Eagles rebound and defeat Judges

Hunter Rogers
BERRYVILLE, VA-  The Clarke County Eagles rebounded nicely after last weeks loss at Millbrook. The Eagles overcame a 14-14 halftime tie to defeat the Handley Judges 35-14 at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

Senior running back Hunter Rogers scored three touchdowns on runs of  28, 48, and 8 yards. Rogers finished the night with 222 yards rushing on 25 carries.

"We went in the locker room at the half and we came out here in the second half, and we finished and got the win." Rogers said.

Clarke County (2-1) drew first blood when quarterback Chris Davis connected with tight end Brett McDonald on a 76 yard touchdown pass that McDonald took in stride and never looked back.

Brett McDonald
"We are obviously a run team, we run first." McDonald said, "To surprise them with a pass that early in the game just shocked them [Handley] and it freed me up, the line did great and Chris [Davis] got a good pass off."

Handley (1-3) came right back and scored when Kevin Curry hit Trey Causey down the right sideline for a 29 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.

Rogers scored the first of his three touchdowns in the second quarter on a 28 yard scamper, and Handley came back just 21 seconds and two plays later and tied it up again with a Mike Brown 61 yard run. Brown had 109 yards on 9 carries for Handley.

Bryan Wallace
The second half was all Eagles as they held Handley to just one first down and kept them out of the end zone. A heavy pass rush hampered Handley's passing game and they never could get their running game back on track.

"We knew this week we had to have a different mindset." lineman Bryan Wallace said, "We had to punch them in the mouth and keep on punching."

Sophmore Kyle Baylor the deadlock with a 46 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Eagles the lead for good. Baylor had another long breakaway run called back on a penalty in the first half.

Rogers rounded out the scoring with two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Eagles.

Daniel Braithwaite rushed for 78 yards on 7 carries for the Eagles and Chris Davis was 3 of 4 passing for 86 yards, 1 td and 1 int.

"I'm really proud of them." Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "It was a tough first half, we were a little out of sync, Handley made some big plays against us. We challenged our guys at half time, told them that they had to take control of the second half, do the things that you have to do to win the game, and they did it. I'm very proud of how they kept fighting and scratching."

The Eagles travel to Woodstock on Friday to face the Central Falcons as the start of the Bull Run District games begin this week.

Highlights and interviews can be seen below:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Eagles fall to Pioneers

Savon Smith rushed for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns  /CCS
WINCHESTER, VA- For the second season in a row the Millbrook Pioneers handed Clarke County their first loss of the season.

Running back Savon Smith led the way rushing for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 34-14 win over the Eagles.

"We knew coming in it was going to be a tough four quarter game." Eagles quarterback Chris Davis said, "The best thing for us to do is forget this game and focus on next week."

Clarke County (1-1) drew first blood when running back Hunter Rogers went in on a 1 yard run midway through the second quarter. The Eagles defense held Millbrook in check until two fumbles led to two Pioneer touchdowns in the last 1:20 on the first half.

Hunter Rogers rushed for 90 yards on 21 carries and 1 yard TD.   / CCS
"The two fumbles hurt us, we've got to work that out." Rogers said, "I think this game will only make us better." Rogers finished the night with 90 yards on 21 carries to lead the Eagles rushing attack.

Smith broke a 40 yard run in the third quarter to give Millbrook (3-0) a 21 -7 lead and made it an uphill battle for the Eagles on a very hot and humid night.

Davis, 15 carries for 77 yards scored on a 13 yard run early in the fourth quarter to pull Clarke within 7 but Millbrook answered with two more scores by Smith on runs of 57 and 77 yards to ice the game.
Chris Davis scores on a 13 yard run.    / CCS

Millbrook's P.K. Kier rushed for 27 yards on 13 carries and Clarke's Jordan Braithwaite added 77 yards on 15 carries.

Noah Robinson connected with Cameron Faint on a 13 yard touchdown pass to put Millbrook up 14-7 with one second to go in the first half.

"Very hard fought game, their [Millbrook] a very good team." Eagles coach Chris Parker said. "They have a lot of speed and gifted runners, and we didn't protect the ball. It was a hard fought battle and I expect them [Millbrook]  to go very deep in the playoffs.

The Eagles open their home season Friday night at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium in Berryville as they host the Handley Judges in the Clarke County High School Sports Hall of Fame Game. Kickoff is set for 7:30PM.

Highlights and Post Game interviews below:

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Game of the Week post game interviews

WINCHESTER, VA- The Clarke County Eagles (1-1) dropped a non district battle to the Millbrook Pioneers (3-0) 34-0 Friday night in Winchester.

Eagles players Chris Davis and Hunter Rogers along with head coach Chris Parker speak with Moe Murphy after the game. Check back for more coverage of the game.

Monday, September 5, 2016

ODAC Football Report Week 1

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released their Week 1 Football Report. Former Clarke County Eagle, Davey Hardesty was named ODAC Defensive Player of the week. To view the complete report at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference follow this link: ODAC Football Report Week 1

Offensive Player of the Week
 Tre Frederick| Randolph-Macon| So.| Running Back
Frederick, a sophomore from Angier, N.C., helped the Yellow Jackets post 51 points for the first time since 2011 with 223 all-purpose yards in Randolph-Macon's 51-0 triumph over Dickinson College. Frederick ran for a career-high 177 yards in his first outing as R-MC's lead running back. That effort included a 95-yard touchdown sprint to put the Yellow Jackets on top, 16-0, early in the second quarter. He finished his 19-carry day with a 9.3 per rush average. Frederick also returned a kickoff 46 yards to open the second half and lead to a touchdown. Frederick's 177 rushing yards led all ODAC backs in week one.

Defensive Player of the Week

 Davey Hardesty| Bridgewater| Sr.| Linebacker

Hardesty, a senior from Berryville, Va., helped Bridgewater to a 38-22 victory at Gettysburg College. The win featured a marked improvement by the Eagles' defense from its 49-10 loss in 2015 as BC held the Bullets scoreless until 7:28 of the fourth quarter. Hardesty backed up his defensive captaincy with six tackles that included a quarterback sack. His biggest play came early in the fourth frame when he intercepted a Gettsyburg passed and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, giving Bridgewater a 31-0 lead with 14:30 to play. The interception was one of two turnovers forced by the Eagles' defense on the day.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Q's Huddle Buzz Vol. 5 No. 1

WINCHESTER, Va. - Senior Qlyl Middelijn is in his third season of blogging about the football team. This week, he recaps preseason camp and looks forward to his final season opener.

Football is back SU! The Hornets kick off their first game of the season tomorrow at Gallaudet University in the shadow of the nation's capitol.

This game marks the very first college football game for the freshmen and the last season opener for the seniors. It will be an exciting and emotional night for every member of the squad....

To read more visit the Shenandoah University Athletic Site Q's Huddle Buzz Vol. 5 No. 1

SU Reciever Qlyl Middelijn

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chris Parker talks about Eagles 2016 Football season

BERRYVILLE, VA- Clarke County Eagle Head Football Coach Chris Parker heads into his 17th season as the Eagles head coach speaks with Moe Murphy after the Eagles scrimmage at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Game of the Week enters 14th Season

BLUEMONT, VA- Clarke County Sports has announced plans to again cover the Clarke County High School Football program with the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week. The Game of the Week features video highlights, player and coach interviews and more.

Clarke County Sports enters their 14th season of covering the Eagles football team in some form of media coverage.

"I am very excited about another year of providing football coverage to the dedicated fans of Clarke County High School." CEO and Editor Moe Murphy said.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Chargers top Phantom again, advance in playoffs

PURCELLVILLE, VA- The Virginia Chargers defeat the Maryland Phantom in the first round of the Atlantic Football Associations Eastern Division Playoffs 15-0 at Woodgrove Wolverine Stadium in Purcellville, VA. Louis Simmons JR and Jerell Thompson speak with Moe Murphy after the game.