Saturday, October 22, 2016

Eagles post 4th straight win at Riverside

LEESBURG, VA- The Clarke County Eagles posted their 4th consecutive win with a 43-14 victory over the Riverside Rams in Leesburg on Friday. Eagle players Mackie Martin, Chris Davis and Hunter Rogers along with Head Coach Chris Parker spoke with Moe Murphy after the game. Check back at Clarke County Sports for more coverage from the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Redskins ground Eagles with balanced attack

By Moe Murphy
Special to 

LANDOVER, MD- The Washington Redskins used a combination of passing, running and defensive pressure to win their fourth game in a row as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 before a crowd of 78,934 at FedEx Field on Sunday.
Washington (4-2, 2-1) took the lead on a 3 play 66 yard drive near the end of the first quarter when quarterback Kirk Cousins found Jamison Crowder in the right corner of the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown pass. The touchdown tied Cousins with Jason Campbell as 7 on the Redskins all time touchdown passing list with his 55th career touchdown pass. The Redskins never trailed Philadelphia in the game.

Cousins connected with Vernon Davis in the second quarter on a 13 yard strike, to give Davis his first career touchdown reception as a Washington Redskin. Cousins finished the day completing 18 of 34 passes for 263 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception with a quarterback rating of 85.8.

“We need to impose our will and execute at a high level.” Cousins said, “I think we showed what we are capable of, and the challenge will always be to do it from the first whistle to the last. It was a good offensive showing because so many guys contributed and made a difference.”

Philadelphia (3-2, 1-2) struggled on offense all day under tremendous pressure from the Redskins defense. This was the first time this season the Redskins held a team to under 100 yards rushing allowing on 94 yards on the ground. The Redskins held the Eagles to 239 yards, the fewest allowed by the Redskins since holding St. Louis to 213 yards in Week 2 of the 2015 season. They also held the Eagles offense from scoring a touchdown as their two touchdowns came on an 86 yard kickoff return by Wendell Smallwood and a 64 yard interception return by Malcom Jenkins.

“The defense has been outstanding, and they’re doing it in a lot of different ways.” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “They’ve mixed up their coverages and stunts and stopped the run game better in the second half.”

The Redskins ground game also came alive and the team gained 230 yards rushing, the most since week 17 of 2012 in a victory over Dallas that gave the Redskins the NFC East championship.
The running game was paced by Matt Jones who rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries including a 1 yard touchdown run and a 57 yard run to seal the game on a 3rd and 7 with 1:22 to go in the game, keeping the Eagles from getting a last chance to tie the game.

“It definitely felt good out there running.” Jones said, “I just felt like my o line took control of the whole game. They wanted to block and just finish up on the second level. It was a great challenge knowing that they were a great defense, and we just stepped up to the challenge.”
Rookie Robert Kelley added 59 yards on 5 carries including a 45 yard rumble. Chris Thompson added 37 yards on 9 carries.

Pierre Garcon led all receivers with 77 yards on 6 receptions. DeSean Jackson grabbed 4 receptions for 55 yards, Jamison Crowder had 3 catches for 52 yards and a touchdown, and Vernon Davis chipped in for 50 yards on 2 receptions and a touchdown.

The defense recorded 5 sacks, Ryan Kerrigan (2), Will Blackmon and Ricky Jean Francois with 1 each and Trent Murphy shared a sack with Preston Smith. Blackmon had 6 combined tackles and Will Compton and Mason Foster each had 5.

The Redskins kicking game remained solid as usual with Tress Way punting 4 times for a 52.8 average and Dustin Hopkins hit on field goals of 32 and 50 yards.

“We can overcome things that happen.” Gruden said, “You know, we gave up a kickoff return and then an interception return back-to-back. Guys staying resilient. Just kept working, kept grinding. That’s pretty much the motto of our team right now.” 

The Redskins will hit the Road travelling to Detroit to face the Lions (3-3) next week before flying to London to face the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Eagles tame Mustangs on homecoming

Mackie Martin and Natalie Lyman Homecoming 2016
BERRYVILLE, VA- The Clarke County Eagles returned home on Friday night to celebrate homecoming 2016 and dominated the George Mason Mustangs 49-7 before a standing room crowd at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

Clarke County (5-2, 3-1) got on the board midway through the first quarter when quarterback Chris Davis connected with Brett McDonald for a 53 yard touchdown pass. They never looked back from their putting 49 unanswered points on the board in the first half.

"It was a great game, we were very dominant offensively scoring 7 out of 7 times." Eagles head coach Chris Parker said, "Defensively our starters were 3 and out every time, our special teams were solid and every kid, (55) got to play."

Running back Hunter Rogers paced the Eagles with 123 yards on 14 carries with touchdown runs of 
9 and 6 yards. Daniel Braithwaite added 72 yards and scored twice on a 6 yard scamper diving for the pylon and a 59 yard breakaway run.

"We came out big and put the hammer to the nail." Braithwaite said, "The holes were there, the line definitely did their job and we took advantage of it."

George Mason (2-5, 0-3) was able to fend off a shutout when Dustin Green scored on a 1 yard plunge in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles scoring was capped off with a 5 yard touchdown run by Patrick Cleary and a 48 yard punt return by Kyle Baylor. Baylor headed for the right sideline and then cut back to the middle of the field to go untouched to the endzone.

"I saw all the blocking I had and saw an opening and just hit it." Baylor said.

Mackie Martin and Natalie Lyman were named Homecoming King and Queen in a halftime ceremony.

The Eagles will travel to leesburg next Friday to face the Riverside Rams in a non district game. Kickoff is set for 7:00PM.

Highlights and post game interviews can be seen on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Eagles roll at Strasburg

Hunter Rogers 227 yards and 3 TD's   File photo / Matt Murphy CCS
STRASBURG, VA- The Clarke County Eagles continued their high powered offensive show with a 52 -14 victory over the Strasburg Rams, at Glen Proctor Field on Friday.

Clarke County (4-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.

"It was a great win, a big win." Eagles coach Chris Parker said, "We wanted to come out and make a statement, and I thought our guys really responded well. We came out with a lot of enthusiasm and played aggressively."

Hunter Rogers rushed for 227 yards on 17 carries and scored 3 times on TD runs of 2, 6, and 10 yards. Chris Davis rushed for 100 yards on 4 carries and scored 3 times on runs of 32, 8, and 62 yards.

"I think the biggest thing we needed to work on throughout the week was our focus." Davis said, "We just got to keep our focus and I think we'll be good."

Daniel Braithwaite scored on a 5 yard run and Nick Bahamonde added a 25 yard field goal and 7 extra points to round out the Eagles scoring.

"I feel great about Nick Bahamonde, he has been a pleasant surprise."Parker said, "I thought his kickoffs were outstanding and you add the icing on the cake with ten points on the field goal and extra points that's just great."

Strasburg (4-2, 2-1) scored twice when quarterback Ethan Duckworth (13 of 26 for 169 yards, 2 Td, 2int) hit Brody Tomlin 26 yards and Grant Scott 13 yards for touchdowns.

The Eagles will return home next week to face the George Mason Mustangs on homecoming night. Kickoff is set for 7:30PM at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium.

Game highlights and post game interviews below in the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

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 Matt Murphy /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 . Matt Murphy / 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.   Matt Murphy / 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: