By Brian Eller -- firstname.lastname@example.org
BERRYVILLE -- In the midst of his team's 46-7 defeat Friday night, Stonewall Jackson head coach Dick Krol said it best.
"Did you see the score? We got a butt-whipping," he said. "We got a flat out, old, behind the barn, butt-whipping. They have a very, very, very good team. They did a great job. We didn't hurt them any. Once in a while we got in their way, but other than that I don't have much good to say about us."
It was a harsh wake-up call for the Generals, who fell to 0-2 on the year. In a game that saw very little go right for Krol's team, both the offense and defense failed to find success, as Clarke County, led by the tandem of Zach and Sam Shiley, led the Eagles to their third win of the season.
It was a back-and-forth affair for the Eagles' quarterback/running back duo, with Zach and Sam alternating rushing touchdowns. Sam got the offense started with a 15-yard touchdown run with less than three minutes off the clock in the first quarter to put the Eagles ahead, 7-0.
Brother Zach found the end zone on Clarke County's next possession, taking a keeper 13 yards for the score. By the time the first quarter ended, Clarke County held a 20-0 lead, with all three touchdowns coming at the hands, and feet, of a Shiley.
Less than a minute into the second quarter, quarterback Zach Shiley ran in for his second score of the night, taking a keeper 25 yards to give the Eagles a 26-0 lead.
At halftime the game was in hand for the Eagles, and the Generals limped to the locker room, trailing, 33-7.
The halftime statistics were hard to look at for Stonewall, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. In addition to allowing 33 points to the Eagles, the Generals' defense failed to force a punt in the first 24 minutes, and forced just two third downs over six series. While the defense struggled to stop the Shileys in the first half, Sam Shiley said the key to the Clarke County offense all starts with the guys up front.
"Our offensive line definitely stepped up," Sam Shiley said. "It was expected to be a close game. Stonewall's always a tough test. They're a bunch of hard-nosed players, and for us to come out and put 33 in the first half, it definitely speaks to our offensive line's character and work ethic."
In the second half, the Eagles' scoring frenzy cooled significantly, as coach Chris Parker eventually put in his second-string players to get some repetitions. Clarke County punched two more touchdowns in before the final horn, and notched their third straight game in which they've scored at least 40 points, and given up less than 10.
"I knew it was going to be a tough game," Parker said. "Coach Krol does a good job with them. They always have discipline and are a tough team."
Despite the success against the Generals, Clarke County had issues with penalties, accumulating six holding calls and a handful of other infractions that ate up a significant amount of yardage. After the game, Sam Shiley said the penalties are "a concern in our eyes," and that they'll have something to work on in practice for the upcoming week.
As for Stonewall, Kroll said Friday's game has his team "back to the drawing board." When asked about his team's ability to put up at least one scoring drive, Kroll wasted no time in replying.
"Their kids probably tripped," he said.