Eagles trounce Falcons
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK — Central had a few opportunities to keep within striking distance of Clarke County on Friday night, but the Falcons couldn’t make the plays when they needed them.
Clarke County led from start to finish in a 40-14 Bull Run District football victory.
“It was a great win for us,” Clarke County coach Chris Parker said. “It was a hard-fought game. While we did a lot of great things, I thought we made too many penalties, and that’s something we’ll have to work on.”
Clarke County wasted no time in taking the lead. The Eagles needed just six plays to go 60 yards. Quarterback Sean McDonald took it from nine yards out to put the Eagles up 7-0 with 9:45 left in the first quarter.
Central had a fourth-and-2 from the Clarke County 43-yard line on its second series, but couldn’t convert.
“That’s been our Achilles’ heel a lot this season,” Yew said of Central’s inability to finish the drive. “We can move the ball from the 20 to the other 20, but we haven’t been able to finish the drives. That’s something’s that’s got to change.”
On the next play, the Eagles added to their lead on a 57-yard run by McDonald with 2:41 left in the opening quarter.
“Our offensive line did a great job tonight,” Parker said. “In our system our entire backfield has to be workhorses. Everybody has got to be able to run the ball, and I thought they all did a really good job tonight.”
The Falcons responded on their next drive with a five-play drive after a kick return by Tristan Rau put the ball at the Clarke County 32-yard line.
Central quarterback Sam Barbour connected with Rau for an 18-yard touchdown pass and cut the lead to 14-7 with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Eagles (7-0, 4-0 Bull Run) used five plays to go 65 yards on their next possession. McDonald capped it off with a 10-yard touchdown run for a 20-7 lead with 11:06 left in the first half.
Central (3-4, 2-2) was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Clarke County 47-yard line on their next possession.
Clarke County needed only two plays to score again. McDonald completed a 36-yard pass to Jaxon Ottobre to the Central 11-yard line. Hunter Rogers scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to extend the Eagles lead to 26-7.
Central put together another solid drive, moving the ball to the Clarke County 15-yard line, but once again the drive stalled out.
“Clarke County’s a good football team, but we certainly did not play as good as we can,” Yew said.
The Eagles held the Falcons to 47 yards rushing, and 242 yards total. Parker said he was happy with how Clarke County’s defense played.
“I thought the defense played very well,” Parker said. “Overall, they did what they had to do and did a good job with the game plan that we had.”
McDonald threw for 119 yards, and ran for 91 to lead the Eagles on offense. The Eagles had 240 yards on the ground.
Barbour threw for 195 yards on 13 for 23 passing, while Connor Hammack had four catches for 67 yards for Central.
The Falcons have three games left and right now are on the outside of the playoff picture. Yew said the Falcons have to take it one game at a time. They play at Warren County next week.
“I told the kids Warren County was going to come in hungry and we need to be ready to play,” Yew said.
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