Falcons fall short to Clarke County

BERRYVILLE – A couple plays helped provide the difference in a Central loss on Friday night.

A couple timely penalties and a fumble proved costly for the Falcons in a 27-6 defeat to Clarke County in Bull Run District action. Clarke County coach Chris Parker also earned his 100th career win with the victory.

“It’s special,” Parker said. “To me I’m always about team. I preach that all the time. It takes a whole team and the coaches over the years to get that.”

The Eagles took the early lead with a 69-yard drive to start the game.

Clarke County needed only six plays, all of which came on the ground. A six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordon Turner gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 9:12 left in the opening quarter.

After forcing the Falcons to punt, the Eagles struck again on offense. Clarke County once again kept it all on the ground, using seven running plays to go 85 yards. Jaxon Ottobre capped the drive off with a 41-yard touchdown run for a 13-0 lead with 2:41 left in the first quarter.

It appeared Central was going to cut into the lead on its next series. Central quarterback Jordon Hosaflook threw a short pass to wide receiver Varsey Bright, who made a few defenders miss and was headed for the end zone. However, Clarke County’s Matt Dang knocked the ball out just before Bright crossed the goal line, and Clarke County recovered the fumble in the end zone.

“Sometimes we’re starved for something positive to happen and when Varsay made that play, that was a shining moment. (Dang) comes in and makes a tremendous play and knocks it loose at the goal line. We just need those things to go our way a little bit. Some things like that.”

Central put together a solid drive in the second quarter. The Falcons went 48 yards in 11 plays and used up over five minutes of game clock. Central senior Hank Hoover scored from the one-yard line to cut the lead to 13-6 with 5:32 left in the first half.

“We still did our thing in the first half,” Yew said. “I was very pleased with our offense. We lined up and ran the ball, and I thought we ran the ball well at times. We found some creases some things we wanted to do.

“… That’s who we are. We line up in the I (formation) and get after it, and we did a good job with that on several drives in the first half.”

“That right there was great hustle on (Dang’s) part,” Parker said. “It was a momentum shifter, if they would have scored possibly. He did a great job of hustling, and it worked out.”

The Eagles answered on the ensuing drive. Clarke County put together an 11-play, 72-yard drive, including a fourth-down conversion. Turner scored on a run from two yards out to give the Eagles a 19-6 lead with 21 seconds left in the first half. The Falcons were called for pass interference on fourth-and-5 from the Central 20 to keep the drive alive.

On Clarke County’s first drive of the second half the Eagles stretched the lead to 27-6. The Eagles needed eight plays to go 61 yards with Hunter Rogers’ three-yard run finishing things off.

The Eagles ran for 313 yards, including 83 yards on 19 carries for Rogers.

Parker said he wanted to dedicate his 100th victory to his late father, Roger, who was a high school and college coach. Parker, who is in his 16th year as head coach at Clarke County, said he’s glad that he’s stuck around through the good and bad times.

“It’s special but it takes a whole team, a whole program,” Parker said. “I’ve been with this team at 0-10, and I’ve been with this team pretty deep in the playoffs. That’s why I’m proud of what we have now. We just have to keep working.”

Hosaflook went 11-for-18 for 126 yards through the air. Hoover finished with 57 yards on 17 carries.

Yew said the Falcons just need to have a few things go their way and gain some confidence.

“I think the confidence comes when we don’t make those silly mistakes, and then hopefully we build from it,” Yew said.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Eagles 27, Falcons 6
Central 0 6 0 0–6
Clarke County 13 6 8 0-227
First quarter
CC: Turner 6 run (Davis kick), 9:12
CC: Ottobre 41 run (Kick failed), 2:41
Second quarter
C: Hoover 1 run (Kick failed), 5:32
CC: Turner 2 run (Kick failed), :21
Third quarter
CC: Rogers 3 run (Turner run), 6:37
First downs 10 19
Rushes-yards 22-82 49-313
Passing yards 126 25
Passing 11-18-0-0 2-4-0-0
Penalties-yards 7-64 7-65
Fumbles-lost 3-1 3-1
Punts-Avg. 3-33.3 2-37.0
RUSHING: Central Hoover 17-57, Riley 1-3, Hosaflook 2-(minus 8), Bright 1-30. Clarke County Rogers 19-83, Turner 13-80, Dang 4-60, Ottobre 6-58, Shippa 2-7, Braithwaite 1-12, Keim 1-(minus 3), Lawson 3-16.
PASSING: Central Hosaflook 11-18-126-0-0. Clarke County 2-4-25-0-0.
RECEIVING: Central Shockey 2-19, Hoover 1-3, Rau 3-26, Davis 1-12, Bright 2-58, Bokanyi 1-3. Clarke County Rogers 1-24, Roper 1-1.